Man kills himself in stand-off

2015-05-19 06:00
The tense 15-hour stand-off ensued between 61-year-old Michael Volkwyn and police after he shot and wounded a police officer who visited his home on Tuesday evening.

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The tense 15-hour stand-off ensued between 61-year-old Michael Volkwyn and police after he shot and wounded a police officer who visited his home on Tuesday evening. PHOTO: Nasief manie

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An Athlone man shot himself and one of his dogs last week Wednesday after an overnight stand-off with police that started over a complaint about his 13 dogs.

The tense 15-hour stand-off ensued between 61-year-old Michael Volkwyn, a mechanical engineer, and police after he shot and wounded a police officer who visited his home on Tuesday.

The officer was responding to a complaint by a woman, thought to be a former tenant, who claimed to have been attacked by the dogs when she went to the house to collect some of her possessions.

The police officer was injured when he tried to remove the dogs.

Volkwyn barricaded himself in the house and hostage negotiators tried for 15 hours to get him to surrender. He shot himself when police stormed his Ambermarle Street property.

On her Facebook page, his sister Diana Volkwyn-Williams wrote: “What a sad way to die, over the stray dogs he loved so much and cooked food for. Each and every one was so beautifully kept. He loved his dogs. They protected him and even bit my brother last year when Roy got too close to Michael.”

The family was previously embroiled in a dispute over their father’s will, which reached the Western Cape High Court in 2009.

Netwerk24 reports Isaac Volkwyn died of a stroke in Groote Schuur Hospital in 2002. Michael, along with his sister Barbara, blamed doctors and their older sister Diana for his death.

The case dragged on for years until ­Michael applied for his father’s will to be rejected and a previous version to be declared valid. The application was denied.

In 2009, the family feud continued when Barbara took her sister to court.

Judge Nathan Erasmus in his ruling said “dirty laundry” was being aired in court, and ruled that the sisters may not lodge further court applications regarding their father’s estate unless they had special permission from a judge.

In response, Michael erected a sign on the front of his house, reading: “In memory of the state-assisted, state- and court-compounded murder of Isaac Volkwyn.”

Another sign reads: “Corrupt ANC and High Court scum still attempt cover-up of murder and fraud of first South African coloured lawyer.”

On Thursday morning last week, the property was still cordoned off and police officers were at the scene.

The Cape of Good Hope SPCA has removed the remaining 10 dogs from the property. Another two dogs had escaped when shots were fired on Wednesday and are still missing.

SPCA inspectorate manager Moyo Ndukwana said the pack had shown a “good temperament” since arriving at their new temporary home in Grassy Park and have “very good adoption prospects”.

“They seem to be adapting well considering the distress they endured while being surrounded by strangers and then removed from their environment,” Moyo told News24.

All 10 are mixed breeds and “clearly well looked after”

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