Municipality official’s suicide shocks workers

2015-04-30 14:33

QUESTIONS are being asked why a senior official at the Msunduzi Municipality allegedly lured a traffic officer into his office, grabbed his firearm and shot himself dead.

Last week Thursday Tony Brinklow (62) allegedly shot himself once in the head with a firearm that belongs to his friend John Eaglefield.

The shooting happened on the second floor of the AS ­Chetty building at 333 Church Street.

Brinklow was a law enforcement officer for the Building Inspectorate and, prior to that has worked as a traffic officer since April 1994.

Following the shooting Eaglefield appeared distraught and could not walk properly. He was taken away by ambulance.

Other municipal staff members who were working in the building when the drama unfolded were in a state of shock. One staff member said he was walking past Brink­low’s office when the firearm went off. He fled.

Others looked through locked doors and gates at the police and municipal officials who had locked down the floor.

Sources at the scene said they believe Brinklow had deliberately lured Eaglefield to his office so he could access his firearm.

“The receptionist told us that when Eaglefield arrived to see Brinklow, she called ­Brinklow to inform him he was there. Brinklow told her to send him in and a few seconds later there was a scuffle and Brinklow grabbed the firearm and shot ­himself.

“It is suspected that he invited him to the office deliberately to get his firearm. We understand he was depressed and was on medication,” said the source.

Brinklow was rushed to hospital in a critical condition and died an hour later.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said: “We ­understand that there was a scuffle and Brinklow disarmed the traffic officer and a shot was fired. The police are investigating an inquest docket and there is no foul play suspected.”

Acting municipal spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said: “Circumstances surrounding the shooting incident are being investigated and as such we do not have any information as to what led to this action. We as council would like to send our deepest condolences to his wife, family, relatives and friends,” she said

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