The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has admitted to shooting of two innocent people in a shootout out with armed robbers yesterday in Chitungwiza.
Two people were shot by a stray bullet and are currently admitted at Chitungwiza General and Parirenyatwa Hospital respectively.
National Police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said the bullets were fired by police who engaged in a shootout with an armed robber Denis Madondo. The shootout happened at Taita Shops in Chitungwiza yesterday 27th June 2022. In a statement seen by this publication, Nyathi said the police officers missed the targer and the bullet hit the duo. Reads Nyathi’s statement:
ZRP PRESS STATEMENT 28TH JUNE 2022 SHOOTING INCIDENT: CHITUNGWIZA. The Zimbabwe Republic Police is investigating an unfortunate incident that occurred at Taita Shops in Chitungwiza on 27th June 2022 at around 1600 hours, where Police had a shoot-out with a robbery suspect only identified as Denis Madondo.
Police received a tip-off and located the suspect at Taita Shops. The suspect noticed detectives approaching and drew an Airgun pistol from his jacket before pointing it to the detectives. In response, the detectives fired a warning shot into the air and later shot towards the suspect and missed him.
The suspect dropped the pistol and fled into the bushes where he got into an unregistered red Honda Fit vehicle and drove off towards Chitungwiza-Hwedza Road.
After about an hour, it emerged that the bullet which missed the suspect had hit Tashinga Mugwara and Pamela Muchazorwei. The two victims sustained serious injuries and are currently admitted at Chitungwiza Hospital and Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals respectively.
The Zimbabwe Republic Police deeply regrets the unfortunate shooting of the two and urges the public to quickly move away from crime scenes especially when armed robbers are confronting Police officers.
The Police will not rest until all robbery suspects are brought to book and the law takes its course. Above all, criminals are warned against resisting arrest and firing at Police officers, as an appropriate measure of force will be retained.