caption: Photos of damage done by fire at Chihuri residence this afternoon
It has emerged that the fire at the resident of Police commissioner Augustine Chihuri was caused by a rogue policeman, who was one of those guarding the house. A police source has told our correspondent that the policeman allegedly tried to steal some property from the house but was spotted by the gardener, who reported the matter to a senior policeman who was on routine inspection. When the man was confronted, he grabbed his FN rifle and started firing. The officer took cover and called for backup from police general headquarters.
Back up arrived swiftly and a three-hour gun battle ensued. The suspect allegedly tried to escape by using one of Chihuri’s vehicles, but failed as the house had been surrounded by cops. He then set the house on fire, damaging a significant section of the roof, according to the source. The suspect, believed to be attached to the ZRP support unit, was eventually arrested after he ran out of ammunition. The ZRP’s forensic and ballistic teams are conducting investigations at the scene.