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Cop shoots himself after killing member of public in police station

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A police constable opened fire in a police station on Friday morning, fatally wounding one person, after which he went home and shot himself.

The shooting took place at the Ashton police station at 07:50. At this point very little information regarding the shooting available.

Provincial police spokesperson, Colonel Andre Traut, confirmed the shooting and said the investigation is being handled by the Independent Police Investigation Directorate (IPID).

"It is alleged that the 34-year old constable, who was on duty at the time of the incident, opened fire at three members of the public, fatally wounding a male in his thirties.

"The second male, also in his thirties, was wounded and admitted to hospital, while the third male escaped unharmed.

"The police officer then left the police station and drove to his residence in Zolani in Ashton, where his body was discovered with a gunshot wound. The motive for the incident is yet to be determined. The circumstances surrounding the murder, attempted murder and death inquest are being investigated by IPID," said Traut.


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