|Petrus Lafras Lombard|
|Born|| ca. 1905|
|Cause of death||Suicide|
|Date|| January 24, 1954|
|Location(s)||Morgenzon, South Africa|
|Weapon(s)|| Rifle |
That year Lombard had assaulted a Bantu, who subsequently died, for which he was sentenced by the court to a fine of £100 and a suspended prison sentence. Being of the opinion that the penalty was an injustice and an unacceptable humiliation Lombard armed himself with a rifle and shot dead another Bantu who had struck him, before killing five other Bantus and wounding four more.
When two policemen arrived at a farm to investigate the report of a shooting, Lombard fired at them and escaped the scene, as soon as the officers retreated to call for reinforcements. When police searched the farm they found two men and a woman shot dead and two others with gunshot wounds, while one woman was killed and another person wounded when Lombard apparently ran them down with his car.
Scores of policemen participated in the search for Lombard, which was the biggest manhunt in Transvaal-history at the time. On January 26 he eventually found himself cornered about 100 miles from the crime scene, whereupon he shot himself in the head. He died on the way to hospital.
- ↑ Farmer amok, The Courier-Mail (January 26, 1954)
- ↑ Standard encyclopaedia of Southern Africa, Vol. 7; Nasou Ltd., 1976. (p. 646)
- ↑ Ma amok with rifle, kills four, The Sydney Sun (January 25, 1954)
- ↑ Berserk man kills four, Newcastle Morning Herald & Miners' Advocate (January 26, 1954)
- ↑ Africans die in alleged shots orgy, The West Australian (January 27, 1954)
- ↑ Death ends a big manhunt, The West Australian (January 28, 1954)