AN armed response officer described yesterday how, in an alcohol-fuelled struggle between a father and son in Nelson Mandela Bay, the younger man – bleeding from a gunshot – remained determined to continue the attack on his dad.
The bloody scene, which erupted in the family’s Beachview home in the middle of the night, was witnessed by the officer who had rushed there after Robert Rostoll, 65, shot his son, Jean-Pierre, who had allegedly attacked him in his bed after a day and night of heavy drinking.
What followed was a struggle by armed response officer Themba Kubashe to stop JeanPierre, 34, from continuing the attack on his dad after the son managed to get hold of a bag full of knives.
He was eventually disarmed by Kubashe. A wounded JeanPierre, who had been shot in the lower body, was allegedly still trying to attack his father when medics arrived, forcing them to restrain him.
According to police, Jean-Pierre arrived home shortly before 11pm on Tuesday after spending hours at the nearby Dizzy Dolphin pub in Seaview.
Officers who were on the scene, but declined to be named, said it was believed Jean-Pierre had started drinking in the morning.
“There was a heated argument earlier in the day and the son [allegedly] told the father that he was going to kill him that night.
“He then took off to go to the pub,” one officer said. “He [Rostoll snr] called his wife who was out of town and told her what had happened.
“Rostoll then decided to leave the front door unlocked to avoid a confrontation with Jean-Pierre when he got home.
“But when Jean-Pierre arrived home, he jumped on his father’s bed and [allegedly] started strangling him.”
The officers said that in the ensuing scuffle, Jean-Pierre pinned Rostoll snr against the wall while throttling him.
Rostoll snr was then thrown onto the bed and, as the struggle continued, he grabbed his gun from under his pillow and shot Jean-Pierre in the leg.
Nitrous Security armed response officer Kubashe, who was first to arrive at the house, described the scene as bloody and confusing.
Kubashe said he responded after getting a panicked phone call from Rostoll.
“All he said was come quick. I jumped in the car and sped off there and the control [room] then alerted me to a panic activation at the house.
“As I stopped, the father was standing outside and was covered in blood. His face was swollen and all he could say was that his son had been shot.
“At that stage, I thought it was a robbery and ran into the house. I found the son covered in blood lying in the main bedroom.
“He was very aggressive and crawling towards the doorway.”
Attempts to calm him proved futile.
“I kept telling him to stay still and relax, but he just kept crawling on the ground towards his father,” Kubashe said.
“I went into the passage and called the ambulance to see how far it was and, the next thing, he [Jean-Pierre] was crawling in the passage. He was determined to get to his father.”
Rostoll snr then warned Kubashe that Jean-Pierre had a lot of knives in his bedroom.
“He [Jean-Pierre] crawled down the passage into his bedroom and managed to grab a whole bag of knives.
“I luckily got the bag out of his hands but he already had two out. I managed to get the one out of his hand,” Kubashe said.
“He started crawling after his father again with one knife in his hand, wanting to stab him.
“I managed to restrain him on the ground and take the other knife out of his hand, but he put up a fight.”
Pictures of the scene show blood smeared across the house and along the passage.
When medics arrived, Jean-Pierre was still aggressive.
“All he wanted was to stab his father,” Kubashe said.
“The medics managed to strap him onto the board but he kept on removing the oxygen mask to [try to] get to his father.”
Gardmed Ambulance owner Dave Gardner said the son was eventually calmed down and “we managed to stabilise him before transporting him to hospital”.
Meanwhile, his father was arrested for attempted murder and a handgun confiscated.
Neither Rostoll snr nor Estelle wanted to talk about the incident yesterday afternoon.
Blood smears were still visible on the porch at midday.
Greeenacres Hospital spokeswoman Adele Kennedy said Jean-Pierre had declined to talk to the media.
She said he was in a general ward and in a stable condition.