Oscar Pistorius, the Olympic and Paralympic athlete known as the “blade runner,” was taken into custody in South Africa today and charged with the murder of his girlfriend, who was fatally shot at his home.
Police in the South African capital of Pretoria received a call around 3 a.m. today that there had been a shooting at the home of 26-year-old Pistorius, Lt. Col. Katlego Mogale told the Associated Press. When police arrived at the scene they found paramedics trying to revive 29-year-old Reeva Steenkamp, the AP reported.
At a news conference early today, police Pistorius was arrested and has requested to be taken to court immediately.
Mogale said the woman died at the house, and a 9-mm pistol was recovered at the scene and a murder case opened against Pistorius, the AP reported.
Police said this morning that there were no other suspects in the shooting, and that Pistorius is at the police station.
Police said they have heard reports of an argument or shouting at the apartment complex, and that the only two people on the premises were Steenkamp and Pistorius.
Police confirmed there have previously been incidents of a domestic nature at the home of Pistorius.
Pistorius, a sprinter, had double below-the-knee amputations and a part of his legs has been replaced with carbon fiber blades. In 2012, he became the first double-leg amputee to participate in the Olympics, competing in the men’s 400-meter race.
He also competed in the Paralympics, where he won gold medals in the men’s 400-meter race, in what became a Paralympics record. He also took the silver in the 200-meter race.
Steenkamp, according to her Twitter bio, is a law graduate and model. She tweeted Wednesday, “What do you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow??? #getexcited #ValentinesDay.”
Steenkamp recently appeared on the cover of FHM magazine, in commercials and was due to appear on a reality-TV show, “Tropika Island of Treasure.”