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Two People Shot By Stray Bullets In Chitungwiza [Full Text]

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has announced that two people were admitted to Chitungwiza and Parirenyatwa Hospitals after being shot by a stray bullet. Police national spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said the bullet was fired by police who had engaged in a shootout with an armed robbery suspect identified as Denis Madondo. The incident happened at Taita Shops in Chitungwiza on 27th June 2022. In a statement seen by Pindula News, Nyathi said the police officers missed and the bullets 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.

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