Two police officers are in critical condition after they were assaulted by a mob on Friday after they allegedly caused the death of a pedestrian while attempting to stop a commuter omnibus driver who was evading arrest.
The cops identified as Constable Mapfumo and Constable Demitrius Chimutanda were on an unsanctioned deployment along Highglen road when they tried to arrest a Kombi driver, for picking up passengers at an undesignated pick-up point.
A scuffle ensued between the cops and the driver while the vehicle was in motion and veered off the road and struck Trymore Chinyamakobvu before ramming into a precast wall.
“The kombi driver resisted arrest and wrestled with the police officers whilst the vehicle was in motion. During the scuffle, the vehicle veered of the road and hit Trymore Chinyamakobvu who was walking by the roadside near the intersection of Highglen and Mushayabhande Roads. The vehicle went on to ram onto a pre-cast wall at Goodness and Mercy Ministries,” police sources said.
“Chinyamakobvu sustained head injuries and died on the spot while the informant Robert Munetsi who was a passenger in the kombi sustained injuries on the chest and left leg. This prompted the mob to severely assault the two police officers.”
The two police officers were later taken to Sally Mugabe Hospital for treatment under guard. Munetsi who is in a stable condition is also receiving treatment at the same hospital.
The kombi driver who is yet to be arrested and the police officers are facing culpable homicide charges.