Three armed robbery suspects shot dead by police detectives in Gwanda

By Tapiwa Svondo

Police detectives on Tuesday shot and killed three armed robbery suspects during a shootout in Gwanda, a statement from the ZRP’s public relations department confirmed.

Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi identified the deceased suspects and further called for information that could lead to the arrest of a fourth suspect who reportedly fled the scene.

Statement by Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi.

The Zimbabwe Republic Police confirms the death of Pride Moyo (29), Newman Ncube and Ntokozo Ncube during a shootout incident which occurred at Tuli River, Gwanda on 6th February 2024 at around 1200 hours.

Detectives from CID homicide Bulawayo acted on received information and intercepted four armed robbery suspects who were travelling in a green and white Toyota Hiace near Tuli River enroute to Freda Mine. On seeing the detectives, the suspects started to fire towards the police officers and a shootout ensued. Resultantly, Pride Moyo, Newman Ncube and Ntokozo Ncube were shot and were taken to Gwanda District Hospital where they died upon admission.

The detectives managed to recover a revolver 38 SPL with two live rounds, three empty cartridges and two pellet gun from the suspects’ vehicle.

The suspects are linked to two robbery cases and an attempted murder case. In one of the robbery case which occurred on 30TH June 2023 and at Insindi Ranch House, the suspects who were armed with pistols, a hunting knife, knobkerrie and paper spray, attacked two victims before stealing US$7 800.00 cash, an FN 9mm pistol with a magazine of 13 rounds, a cadix .38 revolver and jewelry valued at US$200.00. In another robbery case which occurred on 01st January 2024 in Plumtree, the suspects who were armed with firearms attacked a victim before stealing US$74 000.00, ZAR 25 000.00 and a motor vehicle.

The suspects are also linked to a case of attempted murder which occurred in Cowdray Park on 01st August 2023, where three Police Officers were injured during a shootout.

Meanwhile, Police are appealing for information which may lead to the arrest of Simelweyinkosi Dube who managed to escape from the scene during the shootout.

The Zimbabwe Republic Police urges the public to report movements of criminal syndicates to the Police on National Complaints Desk number (0242) 703631 or WhatsApp on 0712 800 197 or report at any nearest Police Station.

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