Two individuals suspected of being involved in armed robberies were fatally shot during a confrontation with the police in Southlea Park, Harare.
The incident took place on Tuesday and the suspects, identified as Israel Zulu (aged 50) and David Dausi Takawira (aged 43), succumbed to their injuries after being admitted to Sally Mugabe Hospital.
In an official statement, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi, provided details regarding the shootout that transpired on October 17. He revealed that the suspects confessed to detectives from the CID Homicide unit in Harare that they had concealed firearms in a dense area near Manyame River, situated in Southlea Park. Upon arrival at the designated location, the suspects attempted to flee, taking advantage of the prevailing weather conditions. This led to an exchange of gunfire between the suspects and the detectives.
Consequently, the suspects sustained gunshot wounds inflicted by the law enforcement officers and were subsequently transported to Sally Mugabe Hospital. Tragically, they were pronounced dead upon admission to the medical facility.
Assistant Commissioner Nyathi further disclosed that the deceased suspects, along with their accomplices, were connected to ten separate cases of armed robbery that had taken place between 2019 and October 2022 in Harare and Bulawayo. One such incident occurred at an undisclosed business located in Mount Pleasant, Harare. During this particular robbery, the suspects attacked a security guard and got away with a sum of US$36,200.00 and ZWL$28,539.00.