Man dies in freak shooting accident

2011-10-31 10:29

Mbombela - A specialist in the area of jackal research accidentally killed himself in a freak shooting accident over the weekend.

Dr Paul Möller, 60, was alone at a shooting range on Saturday morning when he apparently stepped on a loose shoelace and fell down while holding his .357 revolver.

As he fell down, a shot went off and hit him in the right temple.

Möller was to have taken part in a shooting exercise about 12km outside town on Saturday morning.

He was the safety official of the shooting range and had left early in the morning to prepare the shooting range.

Johan Scott, chairperson of the Duiker branch of the South African Hunting Association, said Möller’s death was a huge shock.

He was found by members of another shooting club at about 07:20, lying on his stomach with his revolver next to him.

Möller was described as a true outdoors person who loved nature. He was an expert on jackals with a doctorate in animal behaviour.

He was survived by his partner, Adrie de Wet.

A police spokesperson said an inquest would be held.

  • Jason - 2011-10-31 10:53

    Look this is very sad, its ironic that he was the safety official, and tripped over a loose shoe lace, causing his death!! condolences to his family!!

  • Washington - 2011-10-31 11:52

    There is more to this story than meets the eye. He might have been murdered and the whole scene got stage managed i.e. his boots were untied and the revolver place agaist his tample.Serious forensic investigation required!!!

      Narike - 2011-10-31 12:07

      OK, slow down there Washington…

  • Paul - 2011-10-31 11:55

    How on Earth did anybody know he tripped over a loose shoe-lkace if nobody was there?? Assumption is the mother of all ......

      DuToitCoetzee - 2011-10-31 12:35

      Just a possibility. Lets say his right shoe laces were the reason for argument sake. Usually the shooting area's sand is a mostly powdery. Two foot prints. Left shoe print with a mark through as if a rope[lace} were stepped on. Sand-dust on right shoelace. Deep sprint impression of right shoe's point in sand as if he step harder to keep balance. Same imprint on left shoe point, but not as deep. Body fell to the right. The same side that shoelace was stuck. Reason he lost balance because he could not use that foot to balance. Clothes will also have dust on it at that side. Both arms higher than middle because he used them to try to soften his landing. With suicide one is usually lower. We do not have any detail, but this is just a common observation that usually gets made. this is also common observation investors will use before deeper investigation. If you think I am ridiculous in describing a possible scenario can you think how ridiculous it is for people to assumed it was suicide. Maybe waiting for more facts will be appropriate before shooting everything down/jump to conclusions. As you said assumption is the mother of all......

      Lana-May - 2011-10-31 12:39

      Whoooooooo are you, who who, who who.. *CSI theme song*

      Andre - 2011-10-31 12:44


  • Deirdre - 2011-10-31 12:31

    Hmmm, to quote an old Detective, "the game is afoot!" I also don't think everything is as it seems. How do they know that a shot went off when he fell down, and where in relation to his body/head was the revolver? Ah, I do love a good Murder mystery ... my first question, does he have any enemies?

  • Lana-May - 2011-10-31 12:49

    *slow Heratio sunglass removal movement while looking at the victim* "Im sure this gentlemen .... had a blast.."

      Deirdre - 2011-10-31 12:53

      And the next line would be aimed at Mr Wolf, "Mr Wolf, we need to find out where this man was shooting off to..." Ag shame on us, he has a family and I do feel for them, but I'm sure we could write a whole script here for a CSI episode...

      Lana-May - 2011-10-31 12:59

      whaaaahahaha!Cracks me up!!! Sorry to the dude and his family....

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2011-10-31 12:56

    Something not right here. Revolvers don't just go off unless they are cocked. Why would already have his cocked it that stage??

      Lana-May - 2011-10-31 13:08

      This is one big cockup!

      shelton.thorburn - 2011-10-31 13:17

      And who trips and falls and puts their hands to their temples? Surely your hands are held out in front of you.

  • primetimeacc - 2011-10-31 14:04

    First and foremost - condolences to his family!!!!!! Secondly, safety can never be taken for granted, so, yes, careful investigation is needed until the events make sense. The known details are too few to jump to conclusions now, but I would rather believe the best of the man.

  • jckrankin - 2013-02-14 21:59

    If they had on those new LaceOut shoelaces I keep seeing, then this could not have happened. People should be getting rid of their old shoelaces anyways. Who the heck still wears those?

  • pearson.botha - 2013-02-27 09:51

    There is no such thing as a freak accident when it comes to firearms. They are ALWAYS the result of stupid. Dangerous object plus stupid = predictable event

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