Ipid launches probe into deadly Athlone stand-off

A man allegedly shot himself after police tried to arrest him the morning after he shot a cop.

FILE: Michael Volkwyn allegedly shot himself when police tried to arrest him the morning after he shot Constable Leroy Scott. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) has launched a probe into a deadly stand-off that ended in a suicide in Athlone on Wednesday evening.

Michael Volkwyn allegedly shot himself when police moved in to arrest him the morning after he shot Constable Leroy Scott in the face.

The constable was rushed to hospital where he underwent surgery.

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega and some high ranking officials on Thursday visited Scott at the Vincent Pallotti Hospital where they briefed the media.

Acting head of detectives, Jeremy Vearey confirmed shots were fired during the incident.

But he would not reveal any more details like how many shots were fired, because of the pending Ipid probe.

Vearey told reporters that efforts to get Volkwyn to surrender included flying down his brother from Johannesburg to help with negotiations.

"If the person wants to speak to a person they are more familiar with, that type of technique is used to try and stabilise the person."

Vearey described Volkwyn as a highly trained individual with a military background.

Police also found several handmade weapons in his home.

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