The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has reported that a suspected armed robber who was shot and killed by police in Bulawayo city centre on Monday, was part of a gang that killed a policeman in Luveve.
The yet been identified suspect was believed to have been part of a syndicate operating from South Africa.
Meanwhile, his other accomplice, Thabiso Ncube (41) who was arrested by a Criminal Investigations Department (CID) crack team in Bulawayo, is presently admitted to Mpilo Hospital under police guard.
The gang shot and killed Constable Gibson Tafara Madzimure (35) who was part of a group of police officers reacting to a robbery in Luveve at the home of an alleged illegal foreign currency dealer identified as Last Mukomawashe.
National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi yesterday confirmed the developments adding that the suspect who is in the hospital was arrested following a tipoff. He said:
Police received information that the suspect could have been part of a gang that had killed the police officer since he had some injuries.
When police arrested Ncube, they discovered that he had an injury on the right finger and a fractured right hand.
It is alleged he admitted to have shot and killed Cst Madzimure before dropping the gun at the scene.
Other suspects ran away and police recovered a 9mm Star pistol with six rounds of ammunition, a CZ pistol with 10 rounds and a VW Golf motor vehicle with no number plates.
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