Gun siege ends in heartbreak

14 May 2015 - 02:07 By Farren Collins and Katharine Child

In a desperate bid to prevent their mentally ill brother from dying in a stand-off with police, a Cape Town family begged with officers for mercy yesterday. But the pleas for the life of Michael Volkwyn were to be in vain.The 61-year-old mechanical engineer, whom family described as a recluse, shot himself as officers from the special task force and tactical response team stormed his Athlone home, ending a 16-hour stand-off which left a policeman seriously hurt.

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