Hostage-taker is killed
A man who held his girlfriend hostage in Evaton, Gauteng, on Friday was shot and killed by police after talks for her release failed.
Police spokesman Captain Dennis Adriao said this happened after three hours of negotiations.
Preliminary investigations revealed the deceased had an argument with his girlfriend and her sister at a house in Vereeniging.
The man, believed to be in his 30s, apparently drew a firearm during the argument and shot the girlfriend's sister in the foot.
"He then abducted his girlfriend and fled in a vehicle," said Adriao.
Police acted swiftly after receiving a report of an attempted murder and managed to locate the vehicle next to a house in Evaton.
"The man was still holding his girlfriend hostage when police arrived.
"He was shot and killed after he failed to co-operate with the negotiators after over three hours," Adriao said.
The woman who was rescued after being held hostage at gunpoint by her boyfriend is receiving counselling at a local hospital.
"Our detectives are waiting for the counselling process to be completed before they can get the details as to what led to the hostage incident," Capt Adriao said.
An unlicensed 9mm firearm that the boyfriend had used to shoot the woman's sister was recovered.