The three were shot dead in Kitwe’s industrial area after some members of the public alerted police of an ongoing robbery attack at a named warehouse along Chibuluma Road.
Copperbelt Commissioner of Police Charity Katanga confirmed the incident which happened on Tuesday around 19:30hrs.
She explained that officers who rushed to the scene found about eight suspected criminals tampering with motor vehicles with intent to steal.
“Anti breaking team rushed to the scene and found the break-in in progress. Upon being challenged, criminals failed to heed to the warning to lie down and instead charged at the police. These people were more than eight in number. Three were gunned down and their names are as follows: one is Mwelaonse, that is a nickname, the other one is Clement Chupa Kunda, the other one is Sydney, other names not known,” Katanga stated.
She has further disclosed that Kunda, who is among those shot dead, was just released on bond and was still appearing in Court for burglary and break-ins.
Katanga said bodies of the deceased are in Kitwe Teaching Hospital Mortuary while a manhunt has been launched for the others who escaped.
Police recovered different variables from the suspected thieves, among them 36 tyres.