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Mystery surrounds senior police officer’s killing, colleagues arrested

The slain DCIO had served in Kericho for three months, having recently been transferred from Kinangop. His car had been sprayed by at least six bullets by the assailants.

By Lemmy Bramwellbramwel@kenyafreepress.comSaturday, 18 Jun 2016 15:17 EAT

Two police officers are in custody following the killing of their senior colleague with whom they were on patrol on the Kericho-Kisumu highway. Kericho County Deputy Criminal Investigations Officer (DCIO) Charles Mugambi was shot in cold blood early on Thursday morning in the car while his two juniors escaped unhurt. The incident occurred at Pala area near Awasi Town.

Kericho County police commander Adiel Nyange said the local police department was alerted about the incident by members of the public and immediately rushed to the scene: “We received a call from the public that there had been a shoot-out at the scene and dispatched a team to investigate the matter, they found the senior officer bleeding from gunshot wounds and rushed him to Kericho Siloam Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival,” he told the Standard newspaper.

The police commander stated that investigations to track down the perpetrators have since been launched: “Investigations have been launched to establish what exactly happened. The two officers who were in the vehicle at the time of the shooting occurred are in custody and are helping with investigations, the Daily Nation quoted Mr Nyange as saying.

The slain DCIO had served in Kericho for three months, having recently been transferred from Kinangop. His car had been sprayed by at least six bullets by the assailants.

The firearms of the two junior officers have since been confiscated for analysis.

The writer is a student at University of Kabianga currently on internship at the Kenya Free Press.





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