Couple murder/suicide witnessed by 10-year-old daughter in Belvedere

Couple murder/suicide witnessed by 10-year-old daughter in Belvedere

A 10-year-old child witnessed her mother being shot in the head and her father attempting suicide on Saunders Circle in Belvedere – KZN.

The Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) Tongaat Operations Centre received multiple calls from the public reporting the incident. Reaction Officers were immediately dispatched and arrived on scene.

Paramedics from a Private Ambulance Service were in the process of providing emergency medical care to a male who sustained a gunshot to his head. The body of a female with a gunshot wound to her head was discovered on the driveway. She showed no signs of life and was pronounced deceased.

It was established that the man and the female are married but separated. He is currently employed as an Armed Response Officer (ARO) for a national company. The male arrived at the premises dressed in uniform driving his branded company vehicle to fetch the child when an argument ensued.

He then drew his company issued firearm and shot the female before turning the gun on himself. Four (4) spent 9mm cartridges were recovered at the scene.

The critically injured male was stabilized on scene before being expedited to hospital in a serious condition. The child was visibly traumatized but was not injured.

The motive for the shooting has not been established.

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