=== Olympic sprinter Pistorius jailed after fatal shooting ===
Johannesburg, South Africa (Sports Network) - South African Olympic sprinter
Oscar Pistorius will remain in jail until a court appearance Friday after
allegedly shooting and killing his girlfriend on Thursday.
Reeva Steenkamp, a model who was 30 years old, was shot and killed Thursday
Police confirmed a shooting at the runner's home in Pretoria early Thursday
morning, but South African laws prohibit a suspect from being officially
identified until appearing in court.
Various reports indicate Pistorius may have mistaken her for a burglar. She
apparently entered Pistorius' home at around 4 or 5 a.m., local time. There
has been speculation that Steenkamp might have been trying to surprise
Pistorius for Valentine's Day.
Police said an investigation is ongoing.
"The SA Police Service were just as surprised this morning to hear on the
radio that allegations had been made that the deceased had been perceived to
be a burglar," said police spokeswoman Brigadier Denise Beukes. "We were very
surprised and those allegations did not come from us."
Steenkamp had recently written on her Twitter account that she was looking
forward to Valentine's Day, writing "What do you have up your sleeve for your
The two had reportedly been dating for about a year.
Pistorius, known as the "Blade Runner," made history at the London Olympics
last year when he became the first double-amputee runner to compete in the
The 26-year-old Pistorius had both legs amputated before he was a year old
after being born without fibula bones and runs on prosthetic blades.
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) had initially
said that his prosthetics were considered technical aids and in violation of
an IAAF rule. But the Court of Arbitration for Sport later overturned that
decision, making him eligible to compete against able-bodied runners.
Pistorius qualified for South Africa's Olympic team in 2012 and competed in
the 400-meter race, reaching the semifinals, and the 1,600-meter relay.
02/14 12:55:29 ET