The incident happened when police were called in to help halt confusion that arose after Nkana Water and Sewerage Company attempted to close down an illegal connection at one of the car washes along Kazembe Road.
It is alleged that car wash dealers in the area have taken advantage of the water pipes which they have punctured and use as a source of water.
However, Nkana Water and Sewerage Company was conducting an operation to close down illegal connections, a move that has angered car wash dealers.
The car washers fought running battles with residents who joined before police were called to arrest the situation.
The situation got worse with the presence of police in full riot gear which led to residents and car washers to block the road and burnt tyres.
With the situation getting tense, one of the police officers attempted to fire a warning shot but the bullet landed on one of the protestors who died on the spot.
The incident got worse as residents charged at police while the deceased body has been deposited in Kitwe Teaching Hospital Mortuary.