UPDATED: Three-hour gunfight at Chihuri’s house

Police Commissioner-General Dr Augustine Chihuri

Police Commissioner-General Dr Augustine Chihuri

Herald Reporter—
A rogue policeman guarding Zimbabwe Republic Police Commissioner-General Dr Augustine Chihuri’s house in Borrowdale, Harare, yesterday morning ran amok after his bid to loot property from the premises was foiled.Police sources said Dr Chihuri’s gardener saw the suspect stealing household property and alerted an officer who had come to the house for a routine inspection at around 9.45am. The officer then confronted the suspect who, however, became agitated and started firing shots at the officer with his FN rifle. The besieged officer took cover and called for backup from Police General Headquarters.

“Backup swiftly arrived and a gunfight ensued lasting over three hours. The suspect allegedly tried to escape by using one of Dr Chihuri’s vehicles, but failed as the house had been surrounded. He then set the house on fire, damaging a significant section of the property’s roof,” said the source.

The suspect, attached to ZRP’s Support Unit, was then arrested after running out of ammunition. The Air Force of Zimbabwe and Fire Brigade then put out the fire before ZRP’s forensics and ballistics teams attended the scene. Investigations were still underway.

Part of the house’s roof was reduced to ashes. However, the value of goods and property destroyed during the melee could not be ascertained. Efforts to get comment from the police were fruitless by last night. Dr Chihuri’s neighbours said the incident started around 9 am and ended around 2pm after the whole area had been cordoned off.

One of the neighbours, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: “The policeman from Support Unit was on duty alone when he started looting some clothes, television sets and other property in the house. He was later confronted by a gardener and there was an exchange of words.”

The neighbour further said a few minutes later, a senior police officer who had came for a routine inspection arrived at the house was informed by the gardener about the incident. The police officer confronted the suspect, resulting in a nasty exchange of words between the two.

“The senior police officer then phoned senior officers at the Police General Headquarters informing them about the behaviour of the police constable. This did not go down well with the police constable, who then produced his firearm with the intention of shooting his colleague. He fired shots but missed during the process,” said the neighbour. It is reported that a few minutes later, the house had been cordoned by armed police officers, resulting in an exchange of gunshots, which lasted for almost three hours.

The police constable is alleged to have run out of ammunition and decided to burn down part of the house before he was arrested. Fire brigade from the Air Force of Zimbabwe was summoned to the scene and managed to extinguish the fire.

Police officers from the ballistics and forensic departments, detectives from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and senior officers from Harare province also visited the scene.

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  • thula

    ok

  • Moe_Scyslack2

    Kuenda kwaChihuri kunoita kuti ruzhinji rwupembere. This guy and that other one at the passport office. Ah taneta navo.

    • jojo

      true. no sympathies to Chihuri from most Zimbos.we experience this type of stressful harassment on road blocks and in our towns on daily basis.tsvatuwaro.he created this monster called the ZRP .time for him to taste his own medicine

  • Dombodema

    Let the implosion begin.
    Dog-eat-dog. Small thief stealing from from a BIG PLUNDERER.
    Act 1, Scene 1

  • Olivia Musviba

    Sounds like lies. Someone has changed his mind about arresting Chihuri. We are not kids

  • eish

    Lets not forget that Chihuri is fighting for political survival and with this development the mature will raise eyebrows, i would equate this hollywood style kind of issue to the other one by the poilce were a police van was set ablaze in equally bizzare circumstances to justify the heavy handedness in quashing a combined opposition party and pressure groups protest some time last year. So what we are saying is it could be a diversion to easy pressure of developments of various rumors surrounding the Commissioner ,but again this is just another possible hypothesis to this whole event ,but we are entitled to our own independent thinking on this one as we wait for full investigations.

  • Cde Zvinoshupa

    Cop torches rogue police general’s house!

    • Moe_Scyslack2

      That’s a huge house. I think they pay this guy well.

  • Hozhwa

    weird story this..

  • eliah

    3 hours of ferocious gun battle just to steal and at the end of the day no-one is injured and the officer is apprehended again just as simple as that, this script is too good to be true.

    • Kwangwari Gwayendepi

      Maybe it means our police officers are not trained properly on how to use guns ????????????????????. They wasted a lot of ammunition for nothing.

    • Mina Makoti

      Mapurisa maviri killed, according to unconfirmed reports. Zvinonzi house bombed. Kwete ka rogue policeman kaida kuba.
      Mheno. Tonzwa zvaorera!

    • Cde Hondo

      Water bullets or canon

    • Chamunorwa

      I agree with you. The support unit are a well trained force. Three hours of fighting with one man. At the end no one is injured. It happens in the movies. Where the Rambo or the Terminator kills an army of heavily armed Vietnamese Soldiers. Please give us something better. And where is Chihuri in All this. He is extraordinarily quite these days. These gardeners must take over these houses. You go to Kasukuweres house you find the gardener. Eish.

  • Gandanga

    Please stop playing with us. Could be a case of burning evidence here. Guys ….three hours of gun exchange pasina kana anokuvara kana kufa…

  • Jeffrey Kangara

    The story of chicken coming home to roost. If it will eradicate instutionalised corruption then I am with you

  • Lennon Emmanuel

    and to think they will think we will believe that official narrative… i wonder why Herald editors take us so much for granted

  • Cynic

    No doubt potential vital evidence including many of Chihuri’s records, logs, account receipt books etc, which could have been used to expose Chihuri’s corrupt shenangans over decades, have all conveniently disappeared in the confusion and Chihuri’s house fire which someone was well paid to organize?

  • Kwangwari Gwayendepi

    It would have been much cheaper and quicker for me to takedown the rogue policeman using my catapult.

  • L. Makombe

    I smell a rat. Stage managing events sezvaimboinzi naChihuri, the opposition iri kuita. Who controls support unit should be answerable as how the officer happened to be armed and at Chihuri’s house. Iyewo Chihuri as the commissioner of police responsible for SU, he is also answerable for derelict of duty. Batai vanhu.

  • MukarangawekuMberengwa

    tipeiwo maserious herald zuwai nyaya yenyu pachena kwete nhoda dzirikuzuwiwa apa . Tagara Chihuri toda kuti aende asi zvirikubuda apa ihwishu

  • Ndau

    Who are you trying to fool? Idiots!

  • Thetruthshallcome

    Tip of an iceberg

  • Haranga

    Rogue lone police…who then produced his firearm…three hour gun fight. Too many “fantastic” facts. A pistol can be produced, but an FN rifle is big and always visible on his body. True story may never come out.

  • yowe

    A lot doesnt add up

  • kutototo

    Hollywood style story, blue lies. The guy produced an FN riffle kuti yave pistol here and starts firing at someone waanga achitaura naye and miss, thank you Herald for the entertainment though.

  • Gukash Kukash

    Ehe asi toda hunhu munyika ,hatidi looting

  • Mukotami

    The rogue police officer should be really good at his game then.A constable who holds air force and other many police officer in a gun fight for 3 hours.Opererwa nema bara omhanya kunopisa imba achinzvenga mabullets.Haa he should be promoted ku army chaiko

    • Asa

      He is Rambo

  • Cecil of Mosi-oa-Tunya

    Burning proceeds of corruption, does that really matter?

  • Chihuri

    Manje handiende munyare.

  • guest

    why act all that movie just to find a way to burn documents/dockets? musadaro so

  • naidoo

    Honestly these guys are smart is it realistic that a cop can invade the house of PG Chihuri?. Believe me a foul play is at stake this officer was acting under instruction with a purpose of destroying evidence. As trained officer who is aware of the repercussion of his action he was not going to fold his arms and wait for the so called reinforcement to take him hostage and arrest him.

  • Tc

    Asi Chihuri does not stay there? Why was this guy trying to loot the house. Anga asingafungi kuti anobatwa? Nyaya iyi one maburi akawandisa

  • Progressive Zimbabwean

    At the moment I must admit that I am more concerned about economic issues. Society is not concentrating on these dramas but society is wondering why Cde. Chihuri is not quitting when there is a very loud voice of the people calling on him to quit. The voice of the people is the voice of God and people are simply saying the police force has been inept and corrupt to the core and the leader has been the chief protagonist in the shenanigans and must therefore call it a day. Why are both the new leadership and the main actor ignoring this? Meanwhile, we await those cranes and skyscrapers that Cde. Mutsvangwa used to talk about. July Moyo and othe economic ministers must now get down to work. The minister of transport must eliminate those potholes in front our houses in Budiriro, Mucheke, Gwabalanda, Matshobana, Mbizo, Mkoba, Dulibadzimu, Chikonohono, Tsovani, Ruwa and Rimuka. Let us simply get down to work.

  • Asa

    kKKKKKKKK, gara hako

  • steve

    how does the neighbough know all that information ….anga akadongorera the whole time this was happenning.. i think the story has a blind side

  • joy

    Evidence destruction,nothing else we are not that gullible ,remember we rank among the most educated in the world.

  • inini

    ndazvinzwa

  • Pasipamire

    The pogroms continue..

  • Pasipamire

    This story reads like it was written by Wile E. Coyote..

  • Loud Speaker

    Get real. Who has ever resigned from the gravy train since it set off in 1980?

  • Sandura1

    Where was Chihuri and family? is the residence abandoned?

  • Kabius Kekedu

    The lost farm is for ever. Make no mistake White Pig.

  • Lyla

    They all should be in JAIL to be honest.

  • Madara

    what land did you get? must have been one of the very lucky few.

  • Sandura1

    You will know me very well in 2018 when we win the elections.