Cop killer gunned down

HARARE - Police have killed an armed robber who shot dead their colleague in Harare last week after tracing him to Mt Darwin where he was found hiding in the mountains.

The deadly robber shot and killed Detective Assistant Inspector Thadius Chapinga of the Vehicle Theft Squad who had arrested him for stealing a car belonging to a woman resident in the capital.

Yesterday, the robber who has not been named was traced to Mt Darwin, where sources said he had fled after killing Chapinga and robbing the owner of a Raum he had been found driving before his failed arrest.

Sources told the Daily News on Sunday that a crack team of detectives swamped on the robber’s village and made an evening raid at one of the man’s love nest where he bolted out through the window in his underwear.

He headed for the mountains resulting in a cumbersome search which led detectives to his sanctuary after sniffer dogs failed to pick him up.

Police had launched a manhunt for the robber declaring they would shoot to kill armed robbers and carjackers.

The killing of Chapinga last week sparked outrage amongst the security agents who are still smarting from the death of senior cop — Lawrence Chatikobo — who was shot and killed in a botched pub restaurant robbery in Bulawayo in 2010.

Chatikobo had been part of patrons at a pub restaurant in the city when armed robbers stormed the diners and revellers demanding cash.

He was shot in the melee.

Wednesday’s incident was so dramatic that police chiefs were left stunned and tried in vain to piece together what could have happened.

The robber killed Chapinga last Wednesday after being spotted at Central Sorting Office along Airport Road driving a stolen Toyota Raum belonging to Memory Mamenyu.

Chapinga tried to arrest the robber who fought back. The two wrestled, resulting in the robber shooting Chapinga.

Sources claim, the robber wrapped Chapinga’s body in a plastic paper before driving off.

Mamenyu, who had been summoned to Braeside Police Station, reportedly saw the stolen car at the Coke Corner along Chitungwiza Road.

The stolen vehicle had been reported missing in October last year.

Mamenyu said she was surprised to see the car being driven by someone else.

Her attempts to stop the driver were futile as the man drove towards Sunningdale, Harare.

She gave chase, resulting in the robber driving into a ditch in Sunningdale 3.

Mamenyu picked up stones in a bid to attack the man, who immediately drew out a pistol and pointed at her.

The robber took her other vehicle before fleeing from the scene, making away with $1 800 that was in the car.

Police recovered two empty pistol cartridges at the scene. - Tendai Kamhungira

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