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Olympic Blade Runner arrested in fatal shooting

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PRETORIA, South Africa -

Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius was arrested Thursday after a 30-year-old woman was shot dead at his home in South Africa. Police say Pistorius, a double-amputee known as "Blade Runner," was taken into custody after the shooting early Thursday morning at his home in a gated complex in the country's capital.

Lt. Col. Katlego Mogale told The Associated Press that police received a call that there had been a shooting at the runner's home. Mogale said when police arrived, they found paramedics trying to revive the woman, who had been shot an unspecified number of times. Mogale said the woman died at the house.

While police did not release the woman's identity, a talent agent told the Associated Press that model Reeva Steenkamp was shooting victim.

Officers found a 9-mm pistol at the scene and took the 26-year-old Pistorius into custody. Mogale said Pistorius was expected to appear in court later Thursday.

Several South African media outlets reported that the woman was Pistorius' girlfriend and that he may have mistaken her for a burglar and shot her, but police did not clarify the woman's relationship to Pistorius.

Police said the reports of mistaken identity are unfounded.

Pistorius made history at the London Olympics last year when he became the first double-amputee runner to compete on the track at the Games and is one of South Africa's most famous athletes. Having had both of his legs amputated below the knee when he was less than a year old, he campaigned for years to be allowed to compete against able-bodied athletes and finally was cleared by sport's highest court to be able to run at the top events.

Pistorius competed in the 400 meters and on South Africa's 4x400 relay team at the London Games and also retained his Paralympic title in the 400 meters in London.

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