Hwedza shooting: Other police officers ran away leaving Inspector Hove “who was trying to open the locked passenger door
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Muvhevhi is said to be a gold dealer who owns several mines in the Midlands province
Muvhevhi who is still on the run and described by the police as “armed and dangerous” reportedly outgunned police officers after their weapons jammed and malfunctioned during firefight with the former CID shooter.
A police firearm jammed during a shootout as police tried to intercept an armed man who went on a killing spree in Wedza on Friday gunning down a self-styled prophet, a police officer and another victim.
The man who is still on the run and described by the police as “armed and dangerous” also shot and injured another police officer.
According to information received by CITE, the armed man killed a church leader of the Masowe sect, Madzibaba Silence, at a church gathering in Mukamba area in Wedza on Friday afternoon.
A team of police officers led by Officer In Charge of Wedza police station Inspector Maxwell Hove reacted to the incident.
“When the station reaction team reached Matsine area they intercepted the armed man who had parked his motor vehicle and was outside the motor vehicle . The police approached him and when he that it was the police he pulled out a pistol from his waist and fired some shots and there was an exchange of fire between police and the armed man,” said police sources.
“During the shooting incident, the police firearm jammed and the armed man continued firing at the police officers and during this stampede of trying to escape from this firing the police lost one FN rifle and a pistol. The other four police officers escaped from the scene and left Inspector Hove who was sitting on the police vehicle’s passenger seat, Sgt Mutungambera who was the driver and Detective Constable Mugova who was hiding underneath the motor vehicle after he had been shot.”
In the melee, the other police officers ran away leaving Inspector Hove “who was trying to open the locked passenger door”.
“The armed man approached Inspector Hove and shot him twice on the head and left him unconscious,” sources said.
The man then drove off in his vehicle towards Mukamba area.
Inspector Hove was later rushed to St Mary’s Hospital where he was pronounced on by the hospital staff.
Detective Constable Mugova who had been shot is currently receiving treatment at Morris Depot Hospital.
Muvhevhi escapes after fierce shootout with police
Police yesterday located him in Chiduku area near Rusape, where it is alleged, a fierce shoot out ensued.
It is alleged during the intense exchange of gunfire, Muvhevhi felt the heat and abandoned his Toyota Allion vehicle and escaped on foot.
He is alleged to have fled into the nearby mountain and left a gun in the vehicle.
National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said the hunt for the suspect is ongoing.
“He is not yet arrested. The suspect fled and left his vehicle and a gun he had taken from the officers. He was located in Chiduku. It is not true that he has been arrested.”
Muvhevhi is said to be a gold dealer who owns several mines in the Midlands province.