The neighbours also claimed the man, identified as Michael Volkwyn, had “booby trapped” his house. News24’s Tammy Petersen reported the hostage situation the scene.

Police have cordoned off the street, said Petersen. The situation started when a resident in Hazendal, Athlone, called in a complaint to law enforcement officials that her landlord’s dogs had attacked her, Van Wyk told News24.

The South African Police Service responded to the call at around 18:30 on Tuesday, and determined that the dogs should be removed.

On attempting to remove the dogs from the premises, shots were fired by Volkwyn, who had barricaded himself in the house.

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Constable shot in the face

A 27-year-old police constable was shot in the face, and was taken to hospital, Van Wyk said. He is in a serious condition.

Volkwyn refused to leave his house or release his estimated 13 dogs, Van Wyk confirmed. Police negotiators and one of Volkwyn’s family members tried to convince him to come out of the house. However, suspicions were raised that he man may have committed suicide after the shooting.

It is understood that Volkwyn had been treated for mental illness in the past.

Police entered the property

According to Petersen’s Twitter feed, police entered Volkwyn’s property at around 10:30. He was confirmed dead at the scene. The police have not yet confirmed cause of death.