Cape Town - Dozens of mourners packed the Our Lady of Christians Catholic Church in Lansdowne to say farewell to Michael Volkwyn who was buried on Monday.
Volkwyn was at the centre of an intense stand-off with police after shooting a police officer in the face outside his Athlone home last week. The police officer had responded to a complaint that one of Volkwyn’s 13 dogs had attacked one of his tenants.
Volkwyn had locked himself inside his house for 21 hours and, after a 16-hour siege, shot one of his dogs before turning the gun on himself.
At his funeral on Monday, a friend, Lenny Gentle, read his eulogy and described him as a gentle giant with a generous heart.
“Michael had a zest for life. His only solace was with his animals and when he saw them being threatened he went into fight and flight mode.”