JOHANNESBURG: South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius, commonly known as the ‘Blade Runner’, was arrested today after his girlfriend was shot dead at his home in Pretoria, police and domestic media said.
Police declined to name 26-year-old Pistorius as the suspect but confirmed that a woman had been found dead at the scene in the upmarket Silver Woods gated community east of the capital.
Police spokewoman Katlego Mogale told Reuters they found a 9 millimetre pistol at the scene and a 26-year-old man was taken into custody.
She declined to give any further details.
Johannesburg’s Talk Radio 702 said Pistorius was understood to have shot his girlfriend in the head and arm, although the circumstances surrounding the incident were unclear.
He may have mistaken her for a burglar, the radio report said.