The law enforcement officers are also holding another 19 people suspected to have taken part in the crime on Thursday night.
Regional Police Commander Wilbroad Mutafungwa told reporters here yesterday that the group is suspected to have committed armed robbery and was in illegal possession of firearms during the deadly encounter.
The exchange of fire took place at around 9pm at Kisanga village in Mikumi area in the region.
RPC Mutafungwa said the 19 suspects are being interrogated while the bodies of those who were killed are being preserved at the Morogoro regional referral hospital.
According to Mutafungwa, after getting information from law abiding citizens that there was a group of people terrorizing people in the area, officers at Ruhembe police station started following up to find out who they were.
“Upon seeing the police officers approaching, they started firing bullets at our officers who responded in self defence to avoid being injured or killed,” the RPC said.
During the incident, the police managed to seize one gun (shotgun double barrow) number 107735, he said.
He called upon village leaders to list and identify all those who enter their villagers to avoid such incidents.
Mutafungwa urged the villagers to inform the police whenever they see suspicious movements, saying the police depend on them for information.
In August last year, police in Morogoro arrested 39 people for various crimes including one incident where a retired member of the Tanzania People’s Defence Forces (TPDF) and his police force counterpart allegedly leased a gun to bandits.
The gun was used in various crime incidents in Morogoro, RPC Mutafungwa had declared.
The earlier incidents occurred in Gairo District and Morogoro municipality, with the suspects arraigned and due to face justice.