by UK Papers
A nurse who was stabbed to death by a suspected British Army Soldier Josphat Mutekedza after neighbours heard a row and saw a TV being thrown from a window has been named as Miriam Nyazema.
Police were called to Shawclough Way in Rochdale at around 9.10pm on Tuesday by frightened residents who reported hearing gunshots and a man with a gun in the street.
Armed officers found Miriam Nyazema at the scene.
The 35-year-old had suffered serious stab wound injuries.
First aid was administered by officers and paramedics and she was taken to hospital but sadly died later from her injuries.
Two men, aged 45 and 35, were arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder.
Police confirmed that a gun found at the house was a BB gun, not a firearm.
Neighbours on nearby Shawclough Close told the Manchester Evening News that a “terrified” man had fled from the house and ran across the roof of a garage to make his escape.
He then began knocking on doors asking for help and reportedly tried to force his way in to one property.
One neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: “He was banging on my door, ringing, he was scared to death. He was terrified for his life.”
Another neighbour, who also asked not to be named added: “He was crying.
“He had his head down and hood up.
“I looked into his eyes and thought ‘oh my god’.”
A police cordon was set up around the area, only allowing access to residents who live in houses within the sealed off zone.
Forensic officers erected three tents, one in the garden of the property where the disturbance began, and two others outside the house.
An amount of debris was also visible in the street, apparently a result of the argument that appears to have preceded the tragic incident.
Residents in the quiet suburb have spoken of their shock.
Paige Pedgrift, who lives on Shawclough Way, said: “It was so traumatic.
“I saw five police vans, lots of ambulances and the helicopter.
“I’ve not been to sleep all night, I was so frightened.
“There’s never any trouble around here, it’s always really nice and quiet.”
The Independent Police Complaints Commission has confirmed that GMP has referred the incident to them for investigation due to the length of time armed police took to respond.
A GMP spokesman said: “When a report of a firearm threat or discharge comes in to police, an assessment is made on how serious the threat is and a decision is then made on whether armed or uniformed patrols are deployed to the incident and how quickly they can be done so.
“On this occasion it took approximately 19 minutes until armed response were able to arrive on the scene.
“This incident has now been referred to the IPCC and it would be inappropriate to comment further.”-Mirror