Latwell Nyangu and Talent Gore
The gunfire exchange between former CID detective Joseph Nemaisa and five armed robbers at his residence as he was trying to rescue his family from a hostage situation could make for a movie script.
The horror shootout ended with three of the armed robbers gunned down.
The other two escaped unhurt with US$850, a shot gun and a cellphone.
Here is a blow by blow on how it happened:
• Robbers arrive at the house undetected
• 20:45: Robbers bang the door once
• 20:50 Fadzanai Musarurwa hears dogs barking viciously
• She her brother Masimba Musarurwa to check the main door
• Robbers bang door second time
• Robbers try to break the whole door but it’s too hard
• Robbers finally break down the front door
• Robbers gain entry
• Family escapes to bedroom
• Mother (Fadzanai) locks self in bathroom
• Son (Courage) secretly calls father (Nemaisa) informing him of intruders
• Courage hides phone before robbers pounce on him
• Robbers hold Courage at gun point while demanding the mother to exit bathroom.
• Mother exits bathroom.
• Robbers order victims to lie down- Robbers hit victims with broom stick, demand money
• Mother gives robbers US$850
• Robbers ask for more money
• Robbers shove and remove property looking for money
• Robbers start packing clothes including jeans, shoes.
• Robbers destroy television set• Joseph Nemaisa (father) arrives 10 to 15 minutes later as robbers were about to leave
• Nemaisa fires warning shots
• Gun shots exchange follow leading to the death of the first robber
• Another robber shot dead
• Third robber instructs grade seven pupil to take gun from dead robber
• Child complies and hands over the gun
• Robber leans to take gun
• Nemaisa shoots robber on chest
• Robber asks for help, crawls to another room
• Nemaisa runs out of bullets
• Goes to look for bac up at Hatfield Police.
• Remaining two robbers instructs Fadzanai to search dead robbers
• Fadzanai collects, hands over all firearms, particulars and cellphones
• Robbers leave house through main bedroom window
• Robbers escape from the yard by scaling through the precast wall
• Nemaisa returns with close to 20 cops and friends as back up
• Calls son (Courage) to confirm if they were safe
• Courage confirms safety
• Ordered to jump through the window
• He complies
• Team enters house
• House search begins
• Bodies collected around 1am
• Total value stolen is US$1 600-00 and nothing recovered
• 17 live rounds and 12 spent cartridges recovered at the scene