Pretoria cop shoots family, kills self

2011-12-31 19:20

Johannesburg - A Pretoria policeman shot his wife and two children before turning the gun on himself in West Park on Saturday, said Gauteng police.

Captain Pinky Tsinyane said the police officer reportedly shot and killed his wife and 3-month-old baby boy, and critically wounded his three-year-old daughter before committing suicide by shooting himself.

The 3-year-old girl survived the shooting and was transported to a Johannesburg hospital for treatment. She is in a critical condition.

Tsinyane said the motive for the officer's actions was unknown at this stage.

Police were investigating.

  • sonwabile.nomnganga - 2011-12-31 21:18

    some pressure in a relationship can make u do it... who am i to judge this man.

      Dean Kenad - 2012-01-01 18:26

      You are crazy theres no amount of pressure enough to justify killing innocent people. We all face pressures everywhere and we not all killing our loved ones

  • Sharon - 2011-12-31 22:48

    Ihis is insane, is it becoming a daily thing?

  • Mantsho - 2011-12-31 23:56

    This why l am scared to get married because of things like this, when this men are stressed up they kill women and children or they become serial rapist!

      masiela.Rudluv - 2012-01-01 12:38

      narrow minded mentality

      Sharkshoot - 2012-01-01 16:13

      Not narrow minded, just uninformed. Mantsho, like so many other people in this country should be educated on the effects of PTSD in police officers to have a better understanding of the condition.

  • Grant - 2012-01-01 05:10

    Tragic. I read some years ago that family murder/suicides were mostly committed by Afrikaaners who were church going. No explanation was given. Any clues anyone?

      Marian Hunter - 2013-02-28 16:10

      yes grant. Its called the "laager syndrome" I am a psychiatric nurse who trained in SA but now living in NZ. What happens is the man/provider feels he can no longer keep his family safe so he takes them with him not knowing what would happen to them if he just killed himself. Sterkte

  • Sifiso Mahlaba - 2012-01-01 09:58

    We need to have a serious look at what our cops are going through on a day to day basis. This is happening everday now. This is just terrible.

      Sean - 2012-01-01 10:53

      I think that many cops who may be stressed are too proud to ask for counceling if this might have been the case. Their jobs are very stress full innocent of any wrong-doing or not! It should be compulsory for all armed forces etc. To undergo stress councelling on a regular basis.

  • Victor - 2012-01-01 11:53

    His a coward. Why did not just shoot himself if he had issues with his wife, but he must take innocent children with him. I surley hope St Peter will send him away.

  • Trevor - 2012-01-01 12:56

    The officers should leave their "pistols" at work before going home in the stations safe, why do they take it home with them?

      Mike - 2012-01-01 17:28

      You've missed the point, the firearm is not the issue here at all. He concievably would have used a crossbow or poison or something else if the firearm was not available.

  • thabile.t.mlaba - 2012-01-03 09:48

    some people should just keep quite if they dont have anything decent to say. we dnt knw the full story nd stop speculating

      Bayanda - 2012-02-06 06:52

      so do you

  • Kerry - 2012-01-06 11:22

    I think our police men go through alot, maybe they all need some counselling.

  • Barbara Smith - 2013-02-28 15:09

    Its one thing to shoot yourself because you cant take it anymore, but why o why, shoot the children! Sad heart

  • Odniel Thorn Kgope - 2013-02-28 17:29

    There is something wrong with us. We need help. If we I feel that he is crazy, let me step in to help him out of it. If we were born where was born, grew up like him, and went through life the way he did; we would have most probaply done the same. Why will huge person continue eating unhealthy? Why will a person continue living on credit and have 3 plus creidt cards, why will a millionaire steal poor people's money? If you can handle the preasure and stress but the other people cannot, does that give a right to judge or presents an opportunity to help them to be strong like you?

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