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Double Amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius Believed to Have Shot Girlfriend Dead

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Oscar Pistorius, the South African double amputee who monopolized headlines during the London Olympics, was arrested for shooting and killing his girlfriend early Thursday morning after mistaking her for a burglar.

According to The Guardian, the woman apparently entered the track star’s home in Pretoria, South Africa around 4 a.m. and, think she was a burglar, Pistorius shot her in the head and arm. Paramedics treated her at the scene, but she later died from her injuries. 

South African police have confirmed Pistorius was brought in early Thursday morning for questioning following the death of the 30-year-old woman, but the details surrounding the incident were/are still somewhat unclear.

Little information has been released so far, and police spokesperson Katlego Mogale said she cannot confirm Pistorius' identity until he appears in court, which will be sometime on Thursday. She did confirm that police recovered a 9mm pistol from the scene, and that the woman was shot about four times. 

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According to The Guardian, the rate of violent crime in South Africa is one of the highest in the world and home owners often have firearms as a precaution to protect themselves.

Pistorius, 26, was born without calf bones in both of his legs. He was the first double amputee Olympian to reach the 400 semi-finals in the 2012 London Games. Photos of Pistorius racing with his two carbon fiber prosthetic blades were featured on nearly every highlight reel of last summer’s Olympics and have earned him the nickname “Blade Runner” and “the fastest man on no legs.”

(The Guardian, Daily Mail)