Two Copperbelt notorious criminals shot dead

 Two Copperbelt notorious criminals shot dead

By Staff writer

Police in Kitwe shot dead two people suspected to be behind a spate of Robberies in Kitwe and Chongola Districts.

The two suspects identified as Ernest Mashane also known as Chaile aged 37 and Fidelis Mwansa popularly known as Shi Castrol aged 31 both of Kamatipa area in Kitwe were gunned down on February 24, 2023 at Mindolo Dam area around 17:30 hours.

Police Deputy Public Relations Officer Danny Mwale says that concerned members of the public spotted the two known notorious suspects in Race Course township and apprehended them after a long chase.

Mr Mwale said police were alerted and arrested the suspects around 15:00 hours.

“When interrogated, they admitted being behind a series of Aggravated Robberies experienced in Kitwe and Chingola and that they had a Pistol at their house in Kamatipa township. They later led Police officers to their house in Kamatipa where a pistol was recovered. Upon further interrogations, the suspects revealed that an AK-47 rifle was hidden in the bush in Mindolo Dam Area,” he said.

Mr Mwale also said that it was during the recovery of the AK-47 rifle that the two decided to run away from the Police.

“Several warning shots were fired in the air in trying to stop them and in the process they were caught by bullets and sustained fatal gunshot wounds. They were rushed to Kitwe Central Hospital where they were pronounced dead upon arrival,” he said

Mr Mwale said that police also recovered one AK-47 rifle with six rounds of ammunition within the same area.