Police in bid to allay public fears

HARARE - Police have moved to allay public fears following recent shoot-outs with armed robbers, saying firearms will only be used during civil unrest, mutiny and robbery cases.

In a statement, police said officers are well-trained in handling firearms and appealed to the public to have confidence in the force.

 “As an organisation, we have sections in the Zimbabwe Republic Police who use firearms on a daily basis like Support Unit and Police Protection Unit who undergo extensive training in firearms because of the nature of their duties,” reads the statement.

The statement comes amid revelations that a police pistol was used by one of the armed robbers to kill a police officer who wanted to arrest him in the capital.

The suspect was later murdered in another shoot-out in Mount Darwin after detectives from the homicide department tracked him down.

Takesure Dumbu, a suspected car hijacker who left the police last year on allegations of corruption, killed Thadius Chapinga, an assistant inspector who wanted to apprehend him for car theft.

Dumbu used a police pistol to hit the detective.

In the past two weeks, police have been involved in nasty shoot-outs with armed robbers that have resulted in three deaths and one serious injury.

Comments (1)

Was the suspect killed or murdered?

kohkane - 17 January 2013

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