TWO criminals have been gunned down by Police in Lusaka while two Sub Way foods workers have been injured in the confusion that ensured during a robbery at Twin Palm mall in Salama Park Lusaka Police commissioner Charity Katanga confirmed the incident in an interview and said the two criminals were gunned down after an exchange of fire with a paramilitary officer who accompanied an Amaguard security vehicle that went to collect cash from Shoprite at Twin Palm mall.
“The criminals were trailing a Toyota single cab registration number ALP 5794 belonging to Amaguard Security Company which was being driven by Donald Mawili of Chawama Township and was going to collect cash from Shoprite store,” she said.
Ms Katanga explained that when the Amaguard vehicle parked to collect the money, the two security officers went to collect money from Shoprite and after collecting the cash box, two men appeared one with an AK 47 assault rifle while the other was armed with an iron bar.
“The one with an iron bar threatened to hit the man carrying the cash box but the security officer resisted to surrender the cash box. This prompted the man which an AK47 to point the gun at the security officer who dropped
the cash box,” she narrated.
She added that the paramilitary police officer who was standing outside sensed danger and charged at the criminals and managed to shoot the criminal with an iron bar in the leg while they exchanged fire with the one carrying an AK47 who dropped the gun while escaping the scene with the cash box. The injured criminal managed to charge at the police officer but was shot dead.
“Our police officers gun developed a fought but he
managed to get the criminals gun which he used to shoot the same criminals down while the other two who were in the Spacio managed to escape with K337, 000 cash,” she said.
In the confusion two Sub Way workers Nicholas Kachinga and Mwandu Kaluba were shot in the upper arm and the stomach and are admitted at Levy Mwanawasa hospital and University Teaching Hospiyal (UTH) respectively.
According to an eye witness who was at the scene during the robbery, the criminals grabbed a cash box from one of the Armcor security officers which he used to hit the same security officer with.
Upon seeing the robbers attack Armcor security officers, a police man twin officer opened fire on the robbers killing two on the spot while others fled.