Dog refuses to leave dead owner's body

2012-12-14 08:43

Cape Town - The dog unit had to be called to the scene of a shooting in Bishop Lavis in Cape Town on Wednesday, after two police officers shot and killed a man who opened fire on them during a routine patrol.

When police approached the dead man after the shooting, his loyal dog wouldn’t let them near the body, the Daily Voice reported.

Neither police nor paramedics were able to get the dog to leave the bloodied body.

The dog unit had to be called in to remove the animal.

The dead man, 35, who had tattoos on his body and was believed to have been a gangster, had opened fire on the policemen after they asked to search him and he refused.

He shot one of the policemen in the neck.

When the policeman's partner rushed to his aid, he was shot and injured as well.

The man has not been identified.

The incident is being investigated by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate.


  • ronnie.v.peet - 2012-12-14 08:46


      thando.gqabaza - 2012-12-14 09:36

      Reminds me of the movie Hachiko - worth watching

      ruan.smith.14 - 2012-12-14 09:49

      Pity about the policeman being shot, i am however glad that another criminal savage has been taken out of this world. This story sort of makes me think of the ANC, where normal logically thinking people keeps on protecting a criminal body. And where a dog owner would feed a dog, there by getting loyalty. The ANC does the same, they give out a stack packs, t-shirts and possibly through the race card down a few times as well, "new loyalty"!!

      ruan.smith.14 - 2012-12-14 10:24

      "Throw" correction.

      jaco.skalkwyk.3 - 2012-12-14 10:43

      Must be a police dog...trained to cover up mistakes and not let the law take its course.

      johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-12-14 15:36

      a Four legged friend,will never let you down.His honest and faithfull right up to the end.

  • kalabafazi - 2012-12-14 08:52

    CXan there ever be another animal (humans included) more loving and faithful than a dog. Even low life scumbag gangster are loved by the dog fraternity.

  • henri.lombard - 2012-12-14 08:55

    if someone shoots my partner i would shoot him dead and then assist my partner, noobs!!!!

  • bullardx - 2012-12-14 08:59

    Doesnt matter to a dogg who or what you are, just for being its companian it will forever be loyal_ dead or alive* gotta love em

  • PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-12-14 08:59

    Aw man... just shows how unconditional the love is that dogs have for their owners. If only we could emulate it.

      vincent.mpongoshe - 2012-12-15 06:37

      To BrinCandyCPT I couldn't agree more with you the "if only we could emulate it" damn its such a cold cold world other

  • bob.moodley.9 - 2012-12-14 09:07

    Can I have the dog...please

  • greg.meyer.543 - 2012-12-14 09:16

    The cops asked to search him, he then said no. I'm guessing the cops wouldn't take no for an answer? So then whats the point in even asking if they were going to be forceful? Point being, if the guy said "no, you cant search me" then why didnt the cops just respect his answer and walk away. Please correct me if im wrong, but if a cop approaches someone and askes them if they can be searched and the answer is no, arn't they supposed to keep walking? Is it even possible to say no to a cop?

      gngaleka - 2012-12-14 09:18


      Brownbear - 2012-12-14 09:23

      he refused , because he had a gun !!! legal or illigal me dont know.

      greg.meyer.543 - 2012-12-14 09:40

      I got pulled over once and was asked to be searched. I respectfully said no, and they did it anyway. (and no, I had nothing to hide) They have no respect for our rights as citizens, that's all I'm saying.

      lydonmcg - 2012-12-14 09:48

      Oh my...the general intelligence level around here is shocking.

      cassandra.valentine.39 - 2012-12-14 10:11

      You are correct, the police can't just search you. If you refuse they are suppose to take you down to the police station, but I guess he refused that to and I suppose that's when the chaos broke out.

      brenda.dick.714 - 2012-12-14 11:08

      Decided to delete my comments. Not worth it to cast my pebbles here.

      byron.matthews.562 - 2012-12-14 17:00

      @Suka - I'm not sure if they're an authority (pardon the pun) on the issue but this is a quote from legalcity. Your best bet would however be to download the Criminal Procedures Act and scan it for answers. "Because police officers are regarded as the guardians of law and order, all citizens have a social duty to co-operate with them, and to respond helpfully and courteously to their inquiries, even if there is no legal obligation to do so. Many routine police activities, such as questioning people, interviewing them at the police station and making searches are conducted with the consent and help of the people concerned. Generally, however, the police have wide powers under the law that are independent of the citizen's goodwill or sense of duty. You can sue the Minister of Safety and Security for damages if you have been detained or searched illegally by the police. (See police, complaints against the.) Although the police have extensive legislative powers to enter homes and conduct searches without the householder's permission, these powers are limited, too. The police cannot arbitrarily search you or your home. They must be given authority by law to do so. " - legalcity

      jacowium - 2012-12-14 19:05

      "Please correct me if im wrong..." Re-reading the complete article would be a good start. And then you'll see he opened fire on the cops first, injuring both of them. If I'm a cop, that would also rub me up the wrong way. How it started, we can't really tell, but the fact that the dude had a gun on him, is a clue that there was something fishy about him, for starters.

      goldwright - 2012-12-14 21:40

      So, Suka, if you had nothing to hide, why say no? Just to waste the cops time? Because you are to clever for you own good? Just because you can? Because you think you are too good? So it doesn't bother you that this man pulled out a gun and shot at the police? Get off your high horse.

      clivegoss - 2012-12-15 08:08

      Grow up

      phahla.matwa - 2012-12-15 08:39

      Is ur brain working. U need 2 b examined by a psychiatrist. What u hv written its a nonsense

  • melanie.gardner.7528 - 2012-12-14 09:25

    now this story turns my heart to jelly! I hope to god someone good will adopt him/her.

  • dalai.rama.9 - 2012-12-14 09:30

    Giving a whole new meaning to the expression: "OVER MY DEAD BODY".

  • shandukane.moshatana - 2012-12-14 09:32

    thieves have dogs too?

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-14 12:47

      Does the dog know he's a thief ?...

  • Swapie - 2012-12-14 09:35

    A dog's love is unconditional.

  • Jacques - 2012-12-14 09:39

    Hard to imagine this without feeling deeply moved.

  • mqehlana.david - 2012-12-14 09:45

    Does somebody know what kind of a breed that was?

  • lulama - 2012-12-14 09:47

    Dog probably a criminal too...shoot police officer.

      misstee.langhein - 2012-12-14 11:24

      Are you retarted??!!

      melanie.gardner.7528 - 2012-12-14 15:54


      chants.smith - 2012-12-14 18:07

      Intellect of a green pea.

      karl.vanrooyen - 2012-12-15 10:05

      You've obviously no knowledge of dogs. I would love to introduce u to my three German Shepherd's!!

  • sean.crookson - 2012-12-14 09:49

    All these officers getting shot. Seems they are either being careless or a lack of training is evident.

  • walter.theo.3 - 2012-12-14 09:51

    I doubt the veracity of this story. Our police has become so violent and trigger happy like the apartheid one. It may very well be that they shot þhe poor man without provocation and the dog is incensed

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-14 12:45

      Oh and the cops shot themselves ???

  • StreetRacer911 - 2012-12-14 09:54

    I like this new thing where cops shoot to kill criminals. The only rehabilitated gangster is a dead one

  • xoli.xuma - 2012-12-14 09:58

    I just love dogs, wish we humans were like that, loyal and trustworthy to our partners.

      craig.lowe.3572 - 2012-12-14 10:15

      I agree completely, hope someone is taking good care of the dog and it is alrite !

  • wonky.donky.589 - 2012-12-14 10:00

    Ill drink to that!!!!

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-12-14 10:02

    Food for thought,, he wouldn't be dead if he didn't start shooting at the police. But it shows, a dog has unconditional love for his owner no matter how the owner chooses to live his life.

  • jmatebane - 2012-12-14 10:09

    I want a dog :(

  • siyabonga.phungula1 - 2012-12-14 10:22

    good dog shame about owner and police.

  • teri.bosmanbekker - 2012-12-14 10:47

    Who is going to look after the poor dog now?!

  • alice.pretorius - 2012-12-14 10:59

    @ruan.smith.14 - wat de f@k het hierdie insident met die ANC te doen?? Jy freak my uit

  • mshiniboys - 2012-12-14 11:10

    I find it hard to believe this story.Im glad it is the IPD that is investigating the murder.The man had tattoos all aver his body and so was believed to be a gangster? who said people with tattoos are gangsters? have they been able to verify that?.I think the police killed an innocent man if not a drug dealer whom they failed to extort a bribe from.

      avril.hopkins - 2012-12-14 16:57

      thank you!

      jacowium - 2012-12-14 19:35

      Mshiniboy: "I think the police killed an innocent man if not a drug dealer..." So was he innocent, or was he a drug dealer? You are speculating just as much as anybody else. And please, in your wisdom, speculate too on how the police got shot by this innocent man/drug dealer.

      mshiniboys - 2012-12-14 20:14

      Jacoium in South Africa people are innocent until proven guilty and I hope you are clever enough to know that already.The manis innocent because he was walking in the street minding his own business and did not approach the police to start a shooting.In my opinion if the man shot first the officer would have died but it happened the other way round.This story is hiding that fact and lies come up that a colleague rushed in to help.that is rubbish.the man shot the officer to defend himself but he took more bullets and died.wait till the investigation is completed im going to remind you I told you so.

  • grace.murindiwachisimba - 2012-12-14 12:54

    Iwish every human being could have such sweet loyalty.

      danisile.chiyanike - 2012-12-15 07:31

      The cats and the dogs have forgiven each other why not human beings,are there no avenging spirits in S.A god forbid...

  • MissZandi - 2012-12-14 14:51

    I hear stories like this all the time, so beautiful! Dogs r more loyal than people! :D whoof whoof!

  • sandy.wheeler.100 - 2012-12-14 15:20


  • monty.pulumo - 2012-12-14 16:28

    my eyes got teary when i read the loyalty of this dog to its owner, i only wish the owner was as loyal to the loves dogs, period!!

  • avril.hopkins - 2012-12-14 16:56

    firstly, I would like to know what happened to the dog? and secondly, the comment, "who had tatoos on his body" does that determine the type of person he is, or make him who he is??? just a thought....

      morne.scholtz.562 - 2012-12-14 17:24

      Avril it is not about tatoos.This man shot policemen who protects us.He played with fire and got burnt.

      Blackpoison - 2012-12-15 08:25

      @Morne... Stating that he has tattoos was still an insignificant comment to make and in this context implies that tattoos link you to gangsterism.

  • billionsof.years - 2012-12-14 18:11

    The man had tattoos on his what? stupid comment implying tattoos represent gangsterism...I have no tattoos and I don't go with tattoos in the wrong place such as the face but cmon news24....

      goldwright - 2012-12-14 21:50

      Ye, then half the All Black rugby team could be considered gangsters..... seriously though, many gangsters DO have tattoos, many of which are symbolic of their criminal activities, and time in jail - if you are going to have such tattoos, well maybe such members of society shouldn't be too surprised if police do want to search them?

  • John - 2012-12-14 22:25

    NO man has to consent to search by a thug cop until he is under LAWFUL ARREST! These thugs unlawful SEARCH is assault and everyone has the right and DUTY to defend himself and his property. This was murder by COPS! DIGUSTING! - 2012-12-14 22:43

      @ John: what are u smoking? Definetly not weed. GANGSTER

      John - 2012-12-15 01:05

      MPHO, get an education!

      xolanit.ntuli.9 - 2012-12-15 08:20

      The cop wanted to search the victim, that's normal police routine work, I get searched at road blocks now and then but I have never resorted to such act, trying to kill the cop. Maybe because I have nothing to hide and I don't carry a gun. He shot at the police and wounded one and the cop put him down for good, he wanted himself dead. The More Careless You Are The Sooner You Die.

      phahla.matwa - 2012-12-15 08:24

      U r smoking nyaope john. Maybe u r also a murderer

  • John - 2012-12-14 22:39

    What crime did this man commit? Who was the complainant? Thick thugs need to be taught section 19 to 40 of criminal procedures act 51 of 1977, before being set on the people like the mad dogs that they are! The victim was defending himself against the thick thugs unlawful assault. He was not under LAWFUL ARREST!

  • clivegoss - 2012-12-15 08:01

    Where is the dog ?

  • julie.j.vanrensburg - 2012-12-15 08:22

    The more I come into contact with humanity, the more I love my dogs...

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