A South African cop has allegedly killed girlfriend and lover, committing suicide moments after shooting his girlfriend and a man in Verulam on Wednesday.

Prem Balram, of private security company Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa) said they were called out to the scene by residents in the housing complex reporting multiple gunshots being fired. Balram said residents called it a lovers squabble that went wrong.

“It was established that an off-duty policeman tracked his girlfriend to a house presumably her boyfriend. The policeman allegedly confronted the 23-year-old when she attempted to flee. He allegedly drew a firearm and shot her in the head,” Balram alleged.

It is alleged that the policeman walked up to the upper level of the flat and fired several shots at the man. Balram said he jumped out of the window and sought assistance from neighbours.