Pistorius being questioned by police after girlfriend found shot dead at his home in South Africa
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Star attraction: Pistorius competed at both the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
When Sportsmail met the Blade Runner:
This is from an interview in August 2011 with Pistorius at his home, a year before Olympics. Written by Sportsmail’s Jon McEvoy:
'This being South Africa, one baseball bat and one cricket bat lie behind Pistorius's bedroom door. A revolver is at his bedside. A machine gun by his window.'
Police spokesperson Katlego Mogale told eNCA that she could not confirm the man's identity until he appears in court.
She added that a 9mm pistol was recovered from the scene and a case of murder is being investigated. The woman was apparently shot four times.
Police are still busy with preliminary investigations on the scene, and statements are being taken from neighbours.
Access all areas: Sportsmail were allowed into Pretorius' Pretoria home last year
Pistorius' medal haul:
2004 Athens – Bronze 100 m (T44) Gold 200 m (T44)
2008 Beijing – Gold 100 m (T44) Gold 200 m (T44) Gold 400 m (T44)
2012 London – Silver 200 m (T44) Gold 400 m (T44) Gold 4 100 m relay (T42–T46)
Daegu 2011 – Silver 4 400 m relay
Paramedics were called to the house after the shooting and declared the woman dead at the scene.
Police captain Sarah Mcira told local media that a woman – who died at the scene – was shot in the head and arm.
The police spokeswoman declined to confirm the identity of the man in custody.
'I can confirm that a woman has been fatally wounded in a shooting at Oscar Pistorius' house,' the spokeswoman said.
'A 26-year-old man has been taken into custody.'
Flying the flag: Pistorius leads out his fellow South Africans at the Paralympics
Mogale said: 'The incident happened at 3am. We received a call and attended the scene. The call did not come from the man in custody but from another person.
'Currently there is an inquiry into what happened.'
Tragedy: The woman found dead is believed to be Reeva Steenkamp (left)
Mogale says when police arrived they
found paramedics trying to revive a 30-year-old woman who had been shot
an unspecified number of times. Mogale says the woman died at the house.
Officers found a 9-mm pistol at the scene and took the 26-year-old Pistorius into custody.
Behind the scenes: Pistorius plays with his dogs and his guitar at his home last year
Body art: Pistorius shows off one of his tattoos – a bible passage
The incident occurred at Pistorius' home in the Silver Lakes area of Pretoria.
Pistorius, who races wearing carbon
fibre prosthetic blades after he was born without a fibula in both legs,
was the first double amputee to run in the Olympics and reached the 400
semi-finals in London 2012.
South Africa has some of the world's
highest rates of violent crime and some home-owners carry weapons to
defend themselves against intruders.
No fear: Pistorius poses for Sportsmail's Andy Hooper last year