Alexandra shooting: Cops to leave no stone unturned in investigation

Constable Ronnie Masie murdered his girlfriend, her uncle, a neighbour and a police officer.

Alexandra Police Station in Johannesburg. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

PRETORIA - Police said they want to fully understand what led to the deadly shooting at the Alexandra Police Station to avoid such incidents in the future.

A police constable murdered his girlfriend, her uncle, a neighbour and a police officer.

His girlfriend was in the process of opening a domestic abuse case against him.

It's being reported that constable Ronnie Masie misled his colleagues who then provided him with the handgun that was used to shoot his girlfriend Sowela Nkuna and three others.

It's unclear at this stage whether Nkuna had opened any previous cases against her boyfriend.

The police's Solomon Magale said they're conducting a full investigation into Masie's background as it he emerged he was also investigated on an assault charge.

Magale said they will also try to establish how Masie related to his colleagues and commander.

"That will tell us what issues the officer in question had who he was in contact with and what message we can learn out of it so that we make sure that we avoid issues of such nature in the future."

The Star reported that Masie had a history of violence and that his service pistol had been seized because he was being investigated on a charge of assault.

Magale said employee health and wellbeing programmes are available for members who need support.

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Meanwhile, National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has said they will be looking at the security of police stations as the incident caught police officers off guard.

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.

Phiyega has also asked that the media to allow police time to investigate the matter.