A policeman guarding the house of Zimbabwe Republic Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri on Monday ran amok and set the house on fire after reportedly failing to loot property from the house, the state-run Herald newspaper reported.
It quoted unnamed sources as saying that Chihuri's gardener saw the suspect stealing property and alerted an officer who had come for routine inspection.When the officer confronted the suspect, he responded by firing shots but the officer sought cover and called for backup.
"Backup swiftly arrived and a gunfight ensured lasting over three hours. The suspect allegedly tried to escape by using Chihuri's vehicle but failed as the house had been surrounded.
He then set the house on fire damaging a significant section of the property's roof," the newspaper quoted the unnamed source as saying.
The suspect was then arrested after running out of ammunition. Air Force of Zimbabwe fire brigade managed to put out the fire and ZRP forensics and ballistics attended the scene and were conducting investigations, the newspaper said.