Man shoots himself in front of cops‚ daughter's dead body found in car

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The shock of watching a man commit suicide had scarcely worn off when police made the grizzly discovery of the body of his 14-year-old daughter.

Mystery surrounds the exact events that caused the filicide on Sunday.

Gauteng police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo said officers were alerted to the presence of a suspicious vehicle parked off Kingfisher Close in Douglasdale in Fourways.

Plain-clothed police approached the vehicle‚ but the occupant was hesitant to get out of his car.

“The man didn’t believe they were police because they were not in uniform‚” Masondo said.

The man agreed to drive under police escort to Douglasdale police station but instead of turning into the station he just kept on driving.

An informant who was on the scene but did not want to be named said: “It was strange because the car didn’t speed off.”

The car drove past the station house‚ stopped at the robot and casually continued along Witkoppen Road. Masondo said police at a roadblock near Malibongwe Drive were alerted to the vehicle.

“When he [the man] got [drove up] to the stop-and-search he just stopped and shot himself. Just like that. In the car.”

Emer-G-Med operations manager Jurgen Kotze said: “The occupant suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and was declared dead on scene.”

Authorities on the scene said that while medics were attending to the driver‚ they noticed bloodstains on blankets on the back seat of the car. The body of a 14-year-old girl was found hidden under the linen.

“She [the girl] suffered a gunshot wound to her upper body‚” Masondo said.

Kotze said that the girl had succumbed to her injuries and that “nothing more could be done”.

An attending paramedic‚ who did not want to be named‚ said that the girl had visible bruises and scratch marks on her body.

“The other thing we noticed was that she was in full rigor [rigor mortis]‚” he said‚ explaining that he believed the teenager had been dead for several hours before her father committed suicide.

Masondo said that the circumstances leading up to the murder-suicide were not yet known‚ but that the wife and mother of the deceased had made a statement.

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