Jilted cop shoots wife dead
A jilted Limpopo police inspector was arrested yesterday shortly after he had sprayed a hail of bullets into his estranged wife.
The incident happened on the doorsteps of the Makhado police station in Louis Trichardt at about 7am.
The victim died at the scene from multiple gunshot wounds.
Makhado police spokesman Captain Maano Sadiki said 10 spent cartridges were found at the scene.
He said the victim was shot several times. Bullets struck her in the face, chest, head and her back, said Sadiki.
He said it appeared that the couple had experienced marital problems before the incident.
Sources close to the family told Sowetan that the local court was scheduled to finalise the couple's divorce case yesterday.
The deceased worked as a teller at a local bank.
The police officer, whose identity cannot be released before his court appearance today, was based at the Bandelierkop police station.
Sadiki said the wife came to the station with her aunt, who was driving at high speed in a grey Chevrolet sedan.
Her husband was following them in a white Mercedes A-Class.
Upon his wife alighting from the car, the man opened fire and hit her several times in full view of members of the public.
Police heard the sound of gunshots and went to investigate.
"We then arrested the suspect on the spot," said Sadiki.
"It was only after his arrest that we realised he was one of our members who was based at the Bandelierkop police station," said Sadiki.
"From what we could deduce from the attack, the man's idea was to finish his wife off," he said.
The firearm used in the murder belonged to the state, Sadiki said.
Fearing for her life, the victim's aunt ran and took cover in the nearby buildings, he added.
He said police were conducting further investigations to determine the real reasons behind the killing.
"We also call on members of the community, including police officers, who are experiencing marital problems to consult the relevant authorities to seek help rather than take other people's lives," said Sadiki.