An angry mob that had gathered at the funeral of the police officer who was gunned down by her husband who is also a police officer attacked the late cop’s husband at the funeral of his wife, The Herald reports.
Sergeant Tichaona Chirinhe gunned down a fellow police officer and his wife Julian Chirinhe, at their home in Unit F, Seke on Sunday. When that attack occurred at Julian’s funeral, Tichaona had been brought to the crime scene for indications.
People who spoke to the publication said they were surprised by the incident because all was well in the Chirinhe household:
We are not aware of any misunderstanding between the two, but we were shocked about this sad incident. It is our hope that the police will get to the bottom of the matter so that the law will take its course.
There was no quarrelling between these two, and I was shocked to discover that he had allegedly shot and seriously injured his wife before learning that the wife had passed on a few hours later.
According to eyewitness accounts:
The two had been married since 2006 and they had two children, aged 14 and seven. The neighbour, Ms Chiufama said that she was at her residence when she was approached by the suspect who was crying alleging that he had accidentally shot his wife and he wanted to be taken to the police station.
The couple’s 14-year-old daughter said on the day, the two had been on night duty and that her mother was the first one to arrive home at around 9am before she went out to pick up her husband at around 10.30am.
When the shooting occurred, the daughter was in the sitting room. When she heard a gunshot coming from the bedroom, she rushed to investigate.
It is alleged that she then found her father crying, saying that he had accidentally shot her mother as he was securing his firearm.
Sgt Julian Chirinhe was shot on the right part of her abdomen and the bullet exited through the left part of the abdomen.
Inspector Tsuro disarmed Sgt Tichaona Chirinhe of his service firearm, a PI pistol, before arresting him. When he was searched, he was allegedly found with a 9mm spent cartridge and seven 9mm live rounds which were in his trousers back pocket.