Cop shoots girlfriend, stray shot hits son

2011-11-28 19:34

Johannesburg - A police officer allegedly shot dead his girlfriend and wounded their 4-year-old son in KwaMhlanga at the weekend, Mpumalanga police said on Monday.

The 25-year-old woman went to her boyfriend's home on Saturday morning and demanded money to buy clothes for their son, Lieutenant Colonel Leonard Hlathi said.

An argument ensued in the presence of the officer's mother and the boy.

The officer drew his service pistol and fired several shots at his girlfriend. She died on the scene.

"His 58-year-old mother and their son were hit by stray bullets," Hlathi said.

They were admitted to KwaMhlanga Hospital.

The officer handed himself over to the police after the shooting. He was expected to face a murder and two attempted murder charges in the KwaMhlanga Magistrate's Court soon.

  • Dean Kenad - 2011-11-28 19:40

    Why does this always happen only in SA as you rarely hear of such in other parts of the world? You wouldnt say poverty as these cops are well fed.

      Alon - 2011-11-28 22:10

      Simple answer... Police aren't provided with the necessary mental counseling and support they need in a country with some of the most violent crimes in the world. There have been documentaries on this and still no real action. These officers are not provided with means of dealing with the stress of their jobs at work, and as a result they snap at home. So sad :(

      Ettiene - 2011-11-29 01:19

      In other parts of the world they have a secrecy bill already LOL!!

      desire2 - 2011-11-29 08:02

      Also, you see so many of them on the side of the road, leaning against their cars, relaxing. Or taking a stroll, chatting away to their partners. That doesn't seem very stressful to me.

      Gail - 2011-11-29 16:56

      I am seeing a trauma counsellor in Port Elizabeth who is setting up trauma counselling centres in the areas where crime is a daily experience. This is an attempt to reach out to those who can not afford private counselling. What a tragedy this story is. My trauma was caused by a seemingly healthy working adrenaline junkie falling dead at my feet in my home after having had terrible abdominal pain. I had taken him for X-rays and tests to a private hospital at my own expense where he chose to come back to my home rather than being admitted to a Govt hospital. I heard what the doctors said about the X-Rays and while there was a large mass the doctors didn't express alarm. He was 33 years old and had a boksmart certificate etc and it was early morning of a public holiday. He lasted until 2.00p.m. the next day when I became alarmed and suggested we see my private doctor. He got off the bed to get dressed and basically fell dead at my feet. I really thought I could deal with it but as time passed I reached a point where I couldn't make a sentence. PTSD is very real. He died of a perforated peptic ulcer which apparently doesn't normally cause the excruciating pain he inflicted on himself by swallowing bread and chips without chewing them. He didn't trust doctors and was selfmedicating unknown to me. This experience was worse than being a survivor of a car accident in which my husband died. Poor little boy, what will happen to him?

  • Larry - 2011-11-28 19:47

    This situation needs to be sorted out. Its ridiculous but this seems to be happening on a weekly basis. What kind of maniacs are being allowed to join the Police?

  • Bob - 2011-11-28 19:49

    One hell of a way to settle a dispute over money for clothes...Only in Africa!

      Ettiene - 2011-11-29 01:21

      And western countries has the record for serial killers!!! And for sponsoring wars and shut up you @ss!

      emile.eley - 2011-11-29 02:54

      Why Bob why?

      Dorothea - 2011-11-29 07:34

      Ettiene, You are excusing the 'African' situation by referring to supposed serial killers? Hells bells. You really are clutching at straws. Shame - a desperate attempt to jsutify the fact that this place is a sham.

      Dumisani Mdumaya Mhlophe - 2011-11-29 14:56

      Not everything is about money bob, and what are you saying about Africa, wonder what people say when something like this happens in the USA. "only in USA"

  • Kate - 2011-11-28 19:50

    Physcometric tests should be done regularly on all cops, as well as competency tests.

      Impi - 2011-11-28 20:16

      @Kate. I agree and they should root out the corrupt ones as well.

      Kate - 2011-11-28 20:24

      @Impi Shoot to Kill has just taken a life. Very sad. They feel nothing to shoot their own family. Where the hell does it leave the rest of us?

      Impi - 2011-11-28 20:35

      @Kate. That is scary Kate. The general disregard for life is alarming. So many blame this on poverty. I don't. It is because there isn't strict enough laws in place to keep people in control and by that I don't mean creating Information Bills, but start enforcing the laws, get the courts working and root out the corruption in the jails which have become the boardrooms of the criminals. They get jailed and continue their activity inside. And what do you know, you plead a bit of blood pressure and off they send you golfing to sooth your nerves. Let me stop.

      Kate - 2011-11-28 20:40

      @Impi Agree. Rather leave Shabir Shaik out of this one.

      Dorothea - 2011-11-29 07:35

      How about testing their moral compass on a regular basis? They seem to be worse than the criminals that they are supposed to be apprehending.

      Samuel - 2011-11-29 08:13

      Sorry, no funds. we have to pay for planes

  • Jerhone - 2011-11-28 19:56

    they give cops guns so easily but we have to battle to get a licence it makes no sence

      Impi - 2011-11-28 20:19

      @jerhone. I know it won't ever happen because of the hunters, but I wish they would ban guns all together because they don't know which mad man is applying for a license. So stop guns completely and save the lives of innocent people. These aren't the only people killing their spouses and kids.

      H - 2011-11-28 20:25

      Not practical Impi, unfortunately. Banning guns only disarms the law-abiding. The criminal cares not for the ban, and that leaves them with more power if we try.

      Impi - 2011-11-28 20:29

      @H. I know too well. I grew up with the gunshots. I am only wishing.

      H - 2011-11-28 20:37

      Would be nice if our children could grow up without them. Good wish.

  • braamc - 2011-11-28 20:06

    Very sad, will this guy ever be healed or rehabilitated?

  • Lebogang Dikgetsi - 2011-11-28 20:12

    Our police force is full of lunatics, those bullets could have been save for the thugs out there

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  • Arnold - 2011-11-28 20:22

    Believe u me the situation is never about the money or some psychotic problem.its about man being themselves.this is happening all over the world.women very much empowered, man cant control them,but then man want to control as leaders,cheating without being cheated,asserting their authority without being overpowered by a female voice sitting on equal rights. civilization is trying to change man into a civilized weak male.the consequences are just even more erupting into these violent wild male in an instant but then equally in the same breath break down and cry, bent their asses and get shagged by other males.thats the civilized romantic, real man of this millennium

      Charlotte - 2011-11-29 08:30

      i had some issues understanding what you are trying to point out. Are you saying, that because society today has empowered woman, that it justifies the man to become like this? are you agreeing with what happened? or disagreeing? this isnt a sarcastic comment by the way. I genuinely had a problem understanding your comment. please reply.

      Charlotte - 2011-11-29 08:33

      oh wait. i just went to your fake facebook profile and saw your other comments about white people being racist and how "pale faces" are killing people etc etc.... so, actually dont reply. I now know that i couldnt understand your comment because you are clearly a brainwashed illiterate.

      Arnold - 2011-11-29 17:40

      unfortunately you seem to take it that my reporting of facts recorded in many news tablets shows that I am a "brainwashed illiterate".I also see that you also know my academic credentials through my fake @allTheGoodNamesAreGone facebook profile.if I didnt know much better than that I would have you confirm my academic proficiency through the various institutions I went through and that I am sitting in their boards now.and by the way my opinion was just ment for that,"to be confusing'

  • Lynn - 2011-11-28 20:56

    How sad. Another little child left without a mom.

      Gail - 2011-11-29 17:06

      Or a Dad! and maybe a grandma. Oh and "allegedly" is always used until such time as the person has been to court and been sentenced. Despite it being a fact confirmed by him handing himself over he will have to go for psychiatric testing to establish whether he acted rationally or is fit to stand trial.

  • Chris - 2011-11-28 21:39

    Allegedly Shot Dead...?

  • an0nthinker - 2011-11-28 23:26

    This is why police officers should be made to check in their weapons at the end of duty. And check them back out at the beginning of shift. It would prevent officer involved shootings while off duty and keep control of tracking firearms.

  • Dorothea - 2011-11-29 07:30

    Police men and women are the most useless bunch of people I have ever come across. They are either embroiled in corruption and crime; or they are killing themselves and family members. What the hell is wrong with them? I want to slap them when I have to get some admin done at the Station - they are so racially antagonistic, rude and intellectually challenged. Have they no pride? They have no right to wear a uniform. Bloody leaches.

  • Greg - 2011-11-29 08:42

    And these people are issued firearms as a part of their job? Seriously what is the country coming to when the people who are meant to uphold the law are making a mockery of it? We are in deep you know what!!

  • gembleton1 - 2011-11-29 09:42

    I find it interesting that the whole ban the gun story arises in this column, first of all a police official douse not carry a private firearm it is a state firearm given to him without consequence, you seldom hear of a registered fire arm owner involved in this kind of action, the gun is either stolen or has been handed in to the SAPS and then sold to a criminal, or it is a state firearm that no licence is required for. So all you gun free people leave the gun owners out of this story we are people that respect the law and take care with our fire arms and how we use them.

  • Sharon - 2011-11-29 09:45

    WELL said Dorothea, you could'nt have said it BETTER than that my dear !!!!!

  • Mdumaya - 2011-11-29 10:30

    I know this guy personally, this was never about money, imagine being stressed about the whole day seeing people die on the roads, I agree with some of you that police need psychiatric help, this situation is compounded by stress at home, I don't condone what he did, I probably talk to him sometime, may be he can shed the light. now lets all stop jumping into conclusions, btw: this is not about the money news24 makes it look like it was.

      Lana-May - 2011-11-29 10:56

      It doesnt matter what its about..... not only did he kill his gf, he injured his mother and son!!!!!!! And furthermore, if he cant handle seeing peope die on roads he souldve found another job....

      Dumisani Mdumaya Mhlophe - 2011-11-29 14:48

      As I mentioned I don't condone what he did, but news24 should put the news as is instead of making up stories. It's a Wakeup call to the management that sone of these guys need help on regular basis.

      Gail - 2011-11-29 17:17

      Lana-May, Jobs out there are not easy to come by and t sounds to me as though he had pressures both at home as well as work induced PTSD. Unless you know or have experienced it yourself you don't really know what is wrong with you and keep on keeping on until something makes you snap especially if you are supporting your mother and a child. I feel for him and hope that he is able to get the help he should have sought before this happened. He needs sympathy not total condemnation. Paramedics who are highly skilled also find they can only last so long with the stress of all the casualties and the grief of the families that they have to deal with and are then lost to maybe have therapy and find less stressful work.

  • Jason - 2011-11-29 10:36

    10 Points to the Police Force, once again!!

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