Man shoots and kills wife and three others at the Alexandra Police station
UPDATE: The South African Police Service (SAPS) have released the names of the four victims who were shot and killed by a police constable at the Alexandra Police Station.
It was initially reported that the man killed his wife, two kids and a police officer but the police have clarified that it was actually his wife, two of her cousins and a police officer.
The names of the deceased are Sowela Anna Nkula, Stephina Semenya, Mathews Mabayi & Major Thomas Moetlo.
It appears that the police officer followed his wife and relatives who went to report him for domestic violence at the police station around 6pm and opened fire at them on his arrival.
He is said to be have been working as a 'court orderly' at the Alexandra Magistrate Court and was suspended as he was undergoing a domestic violence case at the Wynberg Court.
During the shooting incident, another police officer who tried to intervene was shot and killed by the constable.
He then fled to his house where people called the police Tactical Response Team (TRT) who went to apprehend him but a shootout occured and he was also killed.
Gauteng police commissioner Lt-Gen Lesetja Mothiba expressed his shock and said that there will be a thorough investigation which will involve the IPID.
He also said that police officers who were present during the shootout received counselling on the scene.
National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega said: "As a society we need to put more attention to dealing with issues of domestic violence."
People took to social media to express their shock:
This #AlexShooting at a police station its just shocking,— Kgaugelo MPH (@KGenius247) June 4, 2015
Flabba and Emmanuel sithole and now shooting in the police station this year only breaking news Lord have mercy #AlexShooting— nukeri (@gunisto) June 4, 2015
Alex is really becoming a Sodom and Gomorrah #AlexShooting— rosewood (@Kasiel257) June 4, 2015