Cops shot dead by poacher

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Two police officers and a civilian were shot and killed by a suspected poacher in Chipinge on Tuesday.
The shooting incident occurred at plot number 34, Naffaerton in Chipinge on Tuesday the 24th of November 2015 at around 11.am.

Police chief Augustine Chihuri

Police chief Augustine Chihuri

The two police officers killed are Sergeant Robert Shumba (39) and Sergeant Vengai Mazhara (35), while the civilian is Chaita Simango (22).

The police officers were killed on duty while investigating a case where a suspected poacher in possession of an AK 47 rifle had been cited at Simango’s homestead.

On arrival at the scene, the police officers interrogated Simango over the issue and he led them to a hut with the intention of conducting a search.

The unknown accused, who was hiding in the hut with an already cocked AK 47 rifle, sprang into action and opened fire killing the two police officers and Simango instantly before fleeing.

ZRP Chief Spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba (pictured) has appealed to the public for information that may lead to the arrest of the suspected murderer.

Anyone with information may contact the nearest police station or national complaints desk on 04-703631.

 

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