Argument leads to complex shooting and hostage drama in Pretoria

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Argument leads to complex shooting and hostage drama in Pretoria
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An argument over the unauthorised construction of a wall at the complex in Pretoria led to the shooting and hostage drama that ended five hours later after four people were shot dead.

Two South African Police Service (SAPS) officers and some security guards were on Wednesday taken hostage in a townhouse complex east of Pretoria on Wednesday, police said.

During the standoff police spokesperson Captain Dave Miller said: “Currently we are standing off at a hostage situation. We can confirm at this stage that there are two members of the SAPS as well as security officers are being held hostage by an unknown person within the complex”.

“The South African Police Task Force has taken over the hostage negotiations and they are currently busy with the situation.”

At the time Miller could not confirm the exact number of hostages or if there were any injuries or fatalities.

“There were earlier reports of shootings, however, at this stage I am not in a position to be able to confirm any injuries or fatalities,” he said.

Hours later when the ordeal was over, at about 21h55 on Wednesday night, paramedics entered he premises.

Netcare 911 Media Liaison Officer Athlenda Mathe said paramedics “declared four people dead after a hostage situation at an estate in Pretoria East”.

All four were found to have sustained gunshot wounds. One of the dead is the tenant suspected of taking hostages.

A neighbour reportedly said matters came to a head after a tenant was confronted by the Body Corporate for the complex for building a wall without permission.

Police investigations are continuing.

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