updated 02/21/2013 AT 12:10 PM ET
•originally published 02/21/2013 AT 8:20 AM ET
In a bizarre development in the Oscar Pistorius investigation, the top police detective on the case was replaced Thursday after it was revealed he also is facing charges of attempted murder – connected to an incident 18 months ago in which he fired shots at a minivan.
In October 2011, Hilton Botha and two other officers tried to stop a van they believed was carrying a murder suspect by shooting at it, the New York Times reports. The van was carrying seven people.
Botha was charged with attempted murder. The charges were later dropped, but were reinstated this week – which police called a complete coincidence.