Policeman kills self, family

2011-04-16 22:45

Bloemfontein - A 40-year-old policeman killed his girlfriend and two of her children before turning a gun on himself in Bloemfontein, Free State police said on Saturday.

Captain Harry Nagel said they were called to a house in General de Wet at 23:30 on Friday for a domestic violence incident.

They arrived to find that the warrant officer had holed up his 39-year-old girlfriend and her three children - a nine-year-old girl and two boys, aged five and 13.

The officer demanded that his girlfriend's 15-year-old daughter enter the house but she refused.

Lights were then switched off in the house and several shots were fired.

Police entered and found the bodies of the policeman and children in the TV room.

The body of the girlfriend was found in the kitchen.

Nagel said they found the teenage boy seriously wounded with a gunshot to the head.

He was taken to hospital for further treatment.

A case of attempted murder and three counts of murder were opened. An inquest had also been opened.

  • Benzo - 2011-04-16 23:36

    I do wonder if SAP management keeps an eye on the mental and emotional stability of the members of staff.

      Matt - 2011-04-17 00:29

      good point - I think they don't by judging the amount of these sort of crimes

      ProudofPink - 2011-04-17 15:53

      SAPS management are too busy at the trough to care.

      Hopestar - 2011-04-18 11:39

      My thoughts exactly, one would think that psychological evaluations would be carried out on a regular basis on members of staff.

  • madmom1 - 2011-04-17 00:27

    How do you open a case of atempted murder and murder agaist some one who did it and killed themselves? And an inquest...what will it help...look at the surviving people and council and nurture those people...just saying...wasting money ondockets and inquests are pointless if the trauma is done, the victims want some kind of conciliation...i dont know, maybe im wrong

      Gert Jurgens - 2011-04-17 07:30

      It's standard procedure, case numbers have to be assigned etc.

  • colinjscott - 2011-04-17 07:43

    The inquest is opened for the suicide. The murder dockets for the others that he shot. Although the murderer is now deceased, the cases will still be investigated. My condolences to the friends and families. Don't think the police are doing enough for the members psychological problems.

  • thulanikennetha38 - 2011-04-17 08:32

    Case is opened against who? Waist of money and time. Abanye abantu bayathanda nje ukubeka ingqondo yabo emthunzini.

      Mswati - 2011-04-17 10:24

      Just go and read Ilanga and Sowetan

  • selby mokoen - 2011-04-17 08:50


      Grant - 2011-04-17 09:49

      selby..if you want to make a point and be understood clearly, first stop shouting and turn off the caps lock, secondly, write in clear english - that includes vowels. Otherwise you just come across as an immature teenager with no life experience and nothing of value to add. Here endeth the lesson :-)

      Mswati - 2011-04-17 10:23

      Forgive him Grant, he is drunk

      Happy Kiwi - 2011-04-18 03:29

      Hmmm no offence, women respect men when they have EARNED to be respected, just like men can only respect women that have EARNED to be respected. Idiot. Back to story. I dated 2 cops (no, not at the same time hahah) and one of them ended up killing a suspect in a shoot out. Four years later he was killed (he always had a saying "live by the gun, die by the gun") but until then, he never was made to attend any psycological assessments...

  • zistros - 2011-04-17 10:16

    sad how a gun changes a persons personality... people who tend to carry they have short tempar. RIP

  • Christel Olivier - 2011-04-17 19:15

    I agree with Colinjscott and Benzo. There is a lack of care for their own (police) unless higher ranked. These kind of incidents give the police a bad name and is very unfair to those who really take their jobs seriously. All of them have to deal, see and experience terrible things with little or no compassion from their superiors. Care for them as people and their state of mind is few and far between. It is a case of how far some have been pushed dealing with these terrible things. On the other side of the coin there are those that cannot find work elsewhere and joined the police as a way to earn. Their hearts are not in what they are doing. Lastly, there are those thugs that deliberately joined the force in order to get a "ready made" licence to commit crime, murder etc. Hope I have not stepped on anybody's toes here! Christel

  • DeonL - 2011-04-18 11:16

    Someone messed up, if a policeman threatenes someone with his gun a week earlier, his gun should have been taken from him.

  • Masilo - 2011-04-20 10:41

    this guys have problems mentally mann,

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