Tembisa Hospital suspect

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Killer cop: Six things we know about the Tembisa Hospital shooter

Tembisa Hospital was forced to close its doors on Wednesday, after a police officer gunned down a registered nurse in broad daylight.

Tembisa Hospital suspect

Photo: Gallo Images

A scene of unimaginable horror played out at Tembisa Hospital on Wednesday, forcing the venue to temporarily close its doors. The police officer at the centre of this tragedy arrived at the A&E department with heinous intentions, shooting dead a registered nurse – before turning the gun on himself.

Tembisa Hospital shooting: Latest news and updates on Wednesday 9 February

Police are now at the scene of the incident, and the Gauteng Government issued a statement earlier today, advising members of the public to steer clear of the Tembisa institution for the time being.

“The Gauteng Department of Health would like to advise members of the public needing access to healthcare services at Tembisa Hospital today to go elsewhere. The hospital remains inaccessible following a fatal shooting incident, and it is not yet in a position to receive new patients.”

Gauteng Government

What do we know about the suspect?

The behaviour of the ‘killer cop’ will now come under intense scrutiny. Details are still sketchy at this point, but from official government statements, we’ve been able to piece together a brief fact-file on the suspect.

  • The suspect is a 30-year-old male, local to Tembisa. No motive has been established yet.
  • He arrived at Tembisa Hospital in a state vehicle – using his blue lights to park up at the A&E department.
  • It’s since been confirmed that the murdered nurse was actually his partner.
  • The officer made a call to the woman, asking her to meet him in the car park.
  • It was at that point he gunned his spouse down, and turned the weapon on himself.
  • However, the cop didn’t successfully take his own life – he remains in hospital, in a critical condition.

Tembisa Hospital ‘remains closed’

The incident has left both patients and staff members in shock. According to the department, patients currently admitted at the facility continue to receive care. Members of the public will be notified when the facility reopens later today.