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The brother of the man who was involved in a stand-off with police in Athlone, Cape Town, was flown in earlier to help diffuse the situation, say police. But the man later shot himself in the head.
In summary: A man died on Wednesday in Athlone, Cape Town, after an overnight stand-off with police that started over a complaint about his 13 dogs.
The man, Michael Volkwyn, 61, apparently had mental illness problems. His family members and negotiators were called to the scene but it was to no avail as Volkwyn shot himself in the head when police entered the property.
Hostage negotiators and task team were called to assist and the suspect's brother was flown in from Johannesburg to help diffuse the situation, the police's Captain FC van Wyk said.
When officers entered the property earlier on Wednesday morning, shots were heard inside the house. Volkwyn, 61, was found laying on the floor.
Police say he had shot himself and paramedics declared him dead at scene. An inquest docket was opened for investigation.
The man's sister told News24's Tammy Petersen that he killed himself and one of the dogs when police
stormed the house.
The sister said on Tuesday night negotiators tried speaking to him. But she said she knew he
wasn’t going to come out alive and was either going to kill himself or police would kill him. He was a member of the Cape Corps, the sister said.
'They don't want us to see his body,' the man's sister cries. She swears at the officers as she walks away. pic.twitter.com/ukMuFlYhOk— Tammy Petersen (@TammyPetersen87) May 13, 2015
'They don't want us to see his body,' the man's sister cries. She swears at the officers as she walks away. pic.twitter.com/ukMuFlYhOk
News24's Tammy Petersen says the suspect is a retired electrical engineer.
Petersen tweeted from the scene: 'You bastard! We just wanted to say goodbye!' a woman, believed to be a family member, screams at an officer. People murmur their agreement.
Police have not yet confirmed what happened on the property. Family members have broken down in tears on the pavement pic.twitter.com/YDPfoRINb0— Tammy Petersen (@TammyPetersen87) May 13, 2015
Police have not yet confirmed what happened on the property. Family members have broken down in tears on the pavement pic.twitter.com/YDPfoRINb0
About half an hour ago, gunshots were also heard coming from the house.
One of the man's dogs run down the road. People give way because 'die hond is dood gevaarlik'. pic.twitter.com/ARU36nYft2— Tammy Petersen (@TammyPetersen87) May 13, 2015
One of the man's dogs run down the road. People give way because 'die hond is dood gevaarlik'. pic.twitter.com/ARU36nYft2
'This is an army man,' one man says from the street corner. 'His house is surrounded by cameras. Nobody messes with him.'— Tammy Petersen (@TammyPetersen87) May 13, 2015
'This is an army man,' one man says from the street corner. 'His house is surrounded by cameras. Nobody messes with him.'
The man at the centre of a hostage drama in which a police officer was
shot in the face was described by neighbours as “eccentric” and “out
The neighbours also claimed the man’s house was “booby
trapped”, reported News24’s Tammy Petersen from the scene. But the
police’s Captain FC van Wyk would not confirm this.
The man allegedly shot former cricketer Herschelle Gibbs's mother with a crossbow a few years ago.
A police officer was shot and injured in a suspected hostage drama in Athlone, Cape Town, on Tuesday night.
situation started when a resident in Hazendal, Athlone, called in a
complaint to law enforcement officials that her landlord’s dogs had
attacked her, police spokesperson Captain Frederick van Wyk told News24.
South African Police Service responded to the call at around 18:30 on
Tuesday, and determined that the dogs should be removed.
On attempting to remove the dogs from the premises, shots were fired by the owner, who had barricaded himself in the house.
A 27-year-old police constable was shot in the face, and was taken to hospital, Van Wyk said.
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