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2 shot dead in Durban Magistrates Court shooting

The police officer and his wife were appearing in the courtroom when the officer from the KwaMashu station opened fire on his wife and brother-in-law, killing them instantly.

The mortuary van at the Durban Magistrates Court where two people were shot dead and one critically injured on 26 November 2018. Picture: Ziyanda Ngcobo/EWN

DURBAN – KwaZulu-Natal police have confirmed one of their own members is responsible for Monday’s deadly shooting at the Durban Magistrates Court which has claimed the lives of two people.

At around 11h30 in the morning, the police officer and his wife were appearing in the courtroom on the eighth floor where they were in the process of getting a divorce.

Police say the officer from the KwaMashu station opened fire on his wife and brother-in-law, killing them instantly.

It’s understood he then turned the gun on himself but is now in a critical condition in hospital.

KZN police spokesperson Thembeka Mbele says the court proceedings had adjourned briefly just before the suspect opened fire.

“For now we cannot talk much on the investigation because we are in a very early stage of investigations and he has tried to commit suicide. He’s now under police guard and will be charged with double murder.”

Mbele says the motive is still being investigated.

“At the moment as we are talking now, police are still at the scene to establish the motive of the shooting.”

The suspect will be charged with two counts of murder.

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