A retired member of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) crack team, Joseph Nemaisa, has shot and killed three armed men who stormed his home and held his family hostage during a robbery.

The robbers pounced on Nemaisa’s Chadcombe home in Harare on Monday night and reportedly robbed the family of US$850, a Samsung cellphone, a shotgun and other property.

Nemaisa, who is now a lawyer, received a distress call from his home after his wife, brother-in-law and son were accosted by five balaclava-wearing thugs armed with an AK47 rifle and pistols.

He immediately raced home where a gunfight with the robbers ensued, ending with three of the intruders lying dead on the floor in pools of blood.

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) said two others escaped through the bedroom window unhurt and the police are still looking for them. Said the former detective:

I’m safe, my wife and kids are safe too. My house is all blood. I thank the Almighty for the skill and courage.