Cape Town - Police have been cleared of allegations that they killed Michael Volkwyn during a standoff at his Athlone house in May, a finding which has angered Volkwyn’s family.
The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) released a report this week, after a complaint from the Volkwyn family. The 61-year-old recluse died from a gunshot wound to the head.
Police were called to remove 13 dogs from his house after his backyard tenant complained they had attacked her. Police said Volkwyn committed suicide.
Ipid “investigates deaths as a result of police matters”, and in the Volkwyn case investigators looked at crime scene photos and videos, interviewed a ballistics expert, Volkwyn’s neighbours and police task force members.
“The complaint is unsubstantiated as no evidence can be found to support the allegation that was made or there is insufficient evidence. We regard this matter as finalised and we will close our file,” said Ipid.