Sunday, 21 February 2010

Alarm over spate of Cop killings

Police officers in Pretoria are dying more quickly by their own hands and those of their colleagues than in the line of duty.

In a space of 24 hours, three police officers were killed and another is recovering in an intensive care unit following an attempted suicide and will be charged with murder as soon as she recovers.

The officer to be charged allegedly shot dead two colleagues, and then turned the gun on herself. Another shot his former wife's lover before shooting himself, while another succumbed to a self-inflicted bullet wound to the head, sustained last week.

An expert police analyst said this recent spate of police killings and suicides might hint at the lack of adequate counselling services for officers who faced tremendous stress and violence daily.


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