Bbridge armed robber holds family hostage in 14 hr shootout

Ellen Mlambo

BEITBRIDGE –A cornered Beitbridge armed robber yesterday held his wife, 10 year-old niece and seven tenants’ hostages for 14 hours before he was gunned down in a shootout with Police.

Efforts to get a comment from Mat South Police were futile; Two Nations is however, reliably informed that Johnson Sithole who was hiding at a house in Dulivadzimu shot a Police officer on the shoulder.

Impeccable sources told Two Nations that Sithole believed to be between 22 and 25 years and hailing from Chipinge was only gunned down after a special tactics troop came from Bulawayo; 14 hours into the shootout.

Sithole was tracked by Police detectives to Dulivadzimu from Limpopo River where he had evaded arrest.
He was also allegedly wanted by Police for several armed robberies in Beitbridge and Harare and Bulawayo highways.

The shootout lasted the whole night and ended round 10am after the detectives tracked Sithole down and demanded that he surrendered himself.

Sithole armed himself and exchanged gunfire with uniformed officers, the CID and support unit for 14 hours until the special tactics unit arrived from Bulawayo. His hostages were holed up in a different room.

The hostages only managed to escape unhurt after the special tactic unit arrived and threw some gas canisters.
Sithole burned down two rooms he was renting before being gunned down in a heavy exchange.
His body was taken Beitbridge District Hospital mortuary.

“When we approached the house he refused to surrender himself and drew a firearm.
“He then held his family and fellow tenants hostages for 14 hours as we exchanged fire. We found him in a pool of his own blood after a heavy exchange.

“He burned down two rooms he was renting with his wife. He had several magazines in the house,” said a source.

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