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Suspect in Serial Murders Killed by Police

December 18, 1994

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) _ A man suspected in the murders of 11 women in the Johannesburg area was shot to death by police on Sunday.

David Selepe, arrested last week, attacked two detectives while showing them places possibly related to the killings, said police Col. Eugene Opperman.

Selepe grabbed a piece of tree trunk from the ground and hit a detective, who collapsed, Opperman said in a statement issued to the South African Press Association.

″As Selepe allegedly attempted to deliver another blow, another detective fired shots and Selepe was wounded in the head,″ Opperman said. He said Selepe died at a hospital. The first detective was treated for injuries to his back.

Investigations of the Cleveland killings, named for a neighborhood where most of the victims were found, were to continue, Opperman said.

Police believe at least 11 women were strangled by a lone killer, sometimes with their clothing. The first victim was found July 17 and the last on Oct. 8.

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