Nairobi: Officer Shoots Six Dead, Turns Gun on Self

  • Undated image of detectives at a crime scene in Nairobi, Kenya
    Undated image of detectives at a crime scene in Nairobi, Kenya
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  • Seven people have been confirmed dead after a police officer attached to Kabete Police Station opened fire indiscriminately at them.

    The officer opened fire at the wee hours of the night in Dagoreti area of Kiambu County before heading to his wife's business premises (a wines and spirits shop) before asking her to close and go home.

    When they got home, the officer is said to have also shot her dead before getting back to his vehicle and turning the gun on himself.

    An undated image of a police vehicle at a scene of a crime
    An undated image of a police vehicle at a scene of a crime
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    According to a traffic officer privy to the matter, the bodies of the seven are currently being moved to the morgue.

    "He inflicted injuries on the wife's neck before he went to his car before he put the cock of the gun on his chin and fired," an officer privy to the matter told Kenyans.co.ke.

    By the time of going to press, details as to why the officer went on rampage were not yet revealed as detectives from the crime unit moved in to gather evidence and unravel the mystery.

    The case has yet again put the National Police Service on the limelight following similar cases in the past.

    In July, the country was treated to a shocking incident after a police officer, Caroline Kagongo, grabbed national headlines after killing two men in a span of 24 hours.

    Her first victim was her colleague, John Ogweno, at Kasarani Police Station in Nakuru County. 

    She would then flee with her firearm to Nairobi and later to Kiambu where she killed her second victim, a security analyst identified as Peter Ndigwa. 

    Kangogo remained at large for one month before her body was found in her parent’s bathroom in Anin, Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County. 

    According to a report by mental health experts, about 60 police officers die by suicide annually.

    Majority are said to crumble under social, financial and workplace pressures.

    "Stagnation in rank, disciplinary actions arising from desertion and inadequate monitoring of junior officers leaving outside police lines are among causes of stress in officers identified," reads an excerpt of the report by the experts.

    Undated image of wanted police officer Caroline Kangogo
    Undated image of wanted police officer Caroline Kangogo
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