There was drama at a police roadblock in the capital after a gang of marauding armed robbers tried to overrun the checkpoint, forcing the police to shot at their vehicle. After the police officers shot at the vehicle and wounded one of the robbers they discovered that there were two women in the car who had been robbed after unwittingly hitching a ride in the robbers’ vehicle.
It is not clear where the female victims were going or where the robbers were taking them to, as the incident happened at around midnight on Wednesday.
The Zimbabwe Republic Police released a terse statement which is light on specifics explaining that they had shot and wounded the marauding armed robbers. In the statement, the police said,
A 29-year-old man was shot and injured by the police at a roadblock site in Harare on 25/3/20 at around midnight. Flexi Gari (29) Noah Pasipanodya (27) and Taurai Maamba (38) were subsequently arrested for Armed Robbery and a Llama Parabellum 9mm calibre pistol was recovered.
The accused tried to overrun a police roadblock but could not escape as they were stopped by an armed police officer who ordered them to get out of their vehicle (black Audi reg CAN 3474) and lie on the ground.
One of the accused persons refused to lie down, resisted arrest and attempted to run away before he was shot. Investigations conducted revealed that 2 female occupants in the car were in the process of being robbed after they were offered transport by the accused.
An unidentified man had already been robbed at gunpoint and the accused person had stolen his cellphone and some cash. Investigations are in progress and the accused persons will appear in court soon. Anybody who resists arrest will only have themselves to blame.