Chief Superintendent, Lawrence Chatikobo was shot dead for trying to fight armed robbers at Cape to Cairo nightclub on Friday night.
Workers at the club, Nonhlanhla Moyo and Ndodana Tshuma, two unidentified patrons and a junior officer were also critically injured after they were shot by the armed robbers. The five were admitted at United Bulawayo Hospital (UBH).
Bonisani Mafela, the club manager who was on duty on Friday night, confirmed the shootout, saying the armed robbers fired not less than 20 shots to scare terrified drunk patrons.
â€œThe senior police officer was shot dead after he was seen pulling a pistol from his jacket. Two of our employees were also shot and are admitted at UBH. The robbers emptied the bar tills and took away all the cash that we had made at the time. They fled on foot after they had emptied all the tills,â€ Mafela said.
Bulawayo police spokesperson, Inspector Bhekimpilo refused to comment when contacted for comment, but Assistant Commissioner, Wayne Bvudzijena confirmed the incident but said, â€œI do not have all the details now. I am investigating the matter.â€
The raid comes after Police Commissioner, Augustine Chihuri indicated that police have adopted a â€˜shoot and killâ€™ policy when confronted by armed criminals.
Chihuri had expressed concern over the upsurge in armed robbery cases. According to police statistics, Bulawayo leads the pack in armed robbery cases.