Oscar Pistorius 'under arrest for shooting dead his girlfriend'

Oscar Pistorius

'Blade Runner' may have mistaken model for a burglar as she sprang Valentine's surprise

LAST UPDATED AT 08:16 ON Thu 14 Feb 2013

OSCAR PISTORIUS, the South African 'Blade Runner" who made history this summer when he became the first double-amputee to run in both the Olympics and Paralympics, has been arrested for reportedly shooting dead his girlfriend after mistaking her for an intruder. 

Pistorius was at his home in Pretoria, South Africa's administrative capital, when the tragedy occurred. The young woman has been named as model Reeva Steenkamp by Afrikaans website Beeld.

The 26-year-old athlete has been taken into custody and is expected to appear before magistrates this morning.

Sky News is reporting that it may have been a Valentine's Day surprise that went horribly wrong. It is suggested that Steenkamp tried to wake Pistorius in the early hours of the morning, and he mistook her for a burglar.

Paramedics were called to the athlete’s home between 4am and 5am local time. Police arrived shortly afterwards and a 9mm pistol was reportedly recovered from the scene. Steenkamp is understood to have died from wounds to the arm and head.

Pistorius is an iconic figure in South Africa and beyond after he made history at London 2012 by competing in both the Olympics and Paralympics.

The double amputee, who lost his legs because of a medical condition as a child, won the right to compete in able-bodied events in 2008 after a long legal battle with the IAAF, which had claimed his famous blades gave him an unfair advantage over other athletes.

Despite the court ruling he failed to make the grade for that year's Olympics in Beijing. When he was picked by South Africa to represent his country in the 400m and 4x400m relay in the London Games he described it as "the proudest day of my life".

He made the semi-finals of the 400m and competed in the final of the 4x400m relay in the Olympics and then stayed on for the Paralympics, where he won gold in the 400m and 4x400m relay and silver in the 200m. · 

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