An ex-cop allegedly went on a rampage in Wedza on Friday, killing a self-styled prophet, a second man and the officer in charge of Wedza Police Station.
Police did not name the suspect, who went on the run, but law enforcement sources said that he is Jaison Muvhevhe, a retired police officer who was now in the mining business.
Another police officer, the fourth shooting victim, was critically injured, national police spokesman Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said.
Police have since launched a manhunt for Muvhevhe, who was described as armed and dangerous.
Nyathi said Muvhevhe is believed to be driving a ‘new-shape’ white Toyota Allion with registration number AFW7641.
Police said at 2.30PM on Friday, Muvhevhe went to a Johanne Masowe shrine at Negombwe Village under Chief Ruzane in Wedza and shot Crispen Mubvana, a self-styled prophet, in the head for unclear reasons. Mubvana died on the spot.
Muvhevhe allegedly drove towards Goto, also in Wedza, where a team of police officers attempted to intercept him.
Nyathi said: “He pounced on the police officers who had reacted to the shooting and suddenly shot dead the officer in charge of Wedza Police Station and another policeman who is critically injured.
“The suspect then drove his vehicle and went to Mukamba Business Centre where he shot another person dead and drove away.”
Nyathi said the suspect should be approached with “extreme caution.”
“The public is urged to report at any police station the possible location of the suspect or contact national Complaints Desk number 0242 703631 or WhatsApp number 0712800197 or Mashonaland East Operations number 06523 20581,” Nyathi said.