Intense investigation begins after Alex Police Station shooting
A constable who shot his wife & three others may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
JOHANNESBURG - National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega on Wednesday said police are now investigating whether a constable who killed his wife, colleague and two people at the Alex Police Station was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, had a criminal record and why he was in possession of a firearm.
The shooting happened just after 6pm on Wednesday when a woman accompanied by two others went to the police station to open a domestic violence case against her 31-year-old police constable husband.
The constable, who was off-duty at the time, was killed during a police chase.
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Phiyega said they will be looking at the security of police stations as the incident caught police officers off-guard.
"This is highly pronounced because through those types of activities we find ourselves in a calamity such as this one."
The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) has already visited the scene and is now investigating the matter.
Relatives were seen leaving the crime scene weeping on Wednesday night.
It's unclear whether the constable had any other brushes with the law.
At the same time, Phiyega said much more attention needs to be given to domestic violence.
"It's a shock to all of us. Incidents like this draw attention to the challenges we face on a daily basis in policing."
The commissioner and Gauteng Police Commissioner Lesetja Mothiba sent their condolences to those affected by the shooting.
Phiyega said officers who were at the police station when the shooting took place are receiving trauma counselling.
She said not all the family members have been informed and the names of the deceased will only be revealed when all the next of kin have received the news.
Phiyega has also asked that the media allow police time to investigate the matter.