Oscar Pistorius held over shooting
South African Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius has been arrested after a woman was shot dead at his home.
According to local media reports the dead woman was the gold medal winner's girlfriend, who was mistaken for an intruder at the property in Pretoria.
Police spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale declined to confirm the identity of the man in custody but told Press Association Sport: "I can confirm that a woman has been fatally wounded in a shooting at Oscar Pistorius's house. A 26-year-old man has been taken into custody."
The Beeld newspaper named his girlfriend as model Reeva Steenkamp, 30, and said Pistorius was expected to appear in court later on Thursday. Mogale told local media: "At this stage we are still conducting a preliminary inquiry. Statements are conducted with neighbours and people who were at the scene. A case of murder was being investigated."
She told the South African Press Association: "Paramedics declared the woman dead on the scene and police proceeded with their investigation. The woman sustained wounds to her head and the upper body."
Mogale said police were called following a shooting at a townhouse complex in the Silver Lakes district. "When police arrived they found the paramedics attending to the woman. The paramedics declared the woman dead on the scene and police proceeded with their investigation of the scene," he said.
A 9mm pistol was recovered. The woman's body has reportedly been removed from the scene. Mogale added: "The incident happened at 3am. We received a call and attended the scene. The call did not come from the man in custody but from another person."
Pistorius is known as the Blade Runner because of the ground-breaking prosthetics he uses for racing. He made history at London 2012 when he became the first amputee sprinter to compete not only in the Paralympics but also in the Olympic Games, running in the 400m and 4x400m relay.
The International Paralympic Committee expressed sorrow on hearing of the incident. In a statement, it said: "Following the news of the alleged shooting incident involving South African athlete Oscar Pistorius this morning, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) will not be passing any comment on the case at this time.
"This is a police matter, with a formal investigation currently underway. Therefore it would be inappropriate for the IPC to comment on this incident until the official police process has concluded. The IPC would like to offer its deepest sympathy and condolences to all families involved in this case."
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