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Police shoot, injure suspect armed with machete

Police say suspect, named James Moyo, tried to disarm cop

By Staff Reporter

A machete wielding suspect to a Bulawayo robbery incident was left hospitalised on Saturday following injuries sustained while trying to disarm a police officer who was in the process of arresting him together with his two accomplices.

He was named as James Moyo, aged 35.

Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the incident.

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“The Zimbabwe Republic Police confirms a shooting incident involving a robbery suspect James Moyo (35), which occurred at Queens Park, Bulawayo on 20 April 2024,” Nyathi said in a statement.

“The shooting incident follows the arrest of the suspect as well as Tinashe Dembure (29) and Mthulisi Maphosa (29) for robbery at Gunya Shopping Centre, Mahatshula North, Bulawayo on 20th April 2024 at around 1500 hours.

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“Upon arrest, James Moyo dropped a machete and tried to disarm a police officer who was armed with a CZ pistol loaded with six rounds.

“Subsequently, the suspect was shot on the stomach by the police and was referred to United Bulawayo Hospitals for treatment.”

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Added the police spokesperson, “The Zimbabwe Republic Police reiterates that any form of confrontation with police by criminals will be met with appropriate response.”

Moyo’s shooting follows similar incidents in which armed robbery suspects have been shot and killed by police during armed confrontation.

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