Police probe murder of officer responding to domestic violence in Paulshof

Authorities say the officer was killed by a medical doctor who is accused of abusing his wife.

Police tape closes off a crime scene. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – The police in Johannesburg are investigating a murder case after an officer was killed while responding to a domestic violence complaint in the suburb of Paulsof.

The circumstances surrounding the incident are still sketchy but authorities say the officer was killed by a medical doctor who is accused of abusing his wife.

It’s understood the officer sustained a fatal wound after a bullet was fired from his own weapon while his colleague - who was also present - tried diffusing the situation.

Police spokesperson Vish Naidoo said, “The backup officer took the wife to cover because it seems the suspect wanted to shoot his wife…”