Police officer who opened fire at protesters in Trans Nzoia killing 4 arrested

Kenya police

– The officer is accused of killing four residents who were among those demonstrating against the arrest of a man from their village

– Police opened fire to repulse the mob and the incident resulted in nine other civilians suffering bullets wounds

– Among those who were injured is Trans Nzoia County Assembly speaker Joshua Werung

– The IPOA has launched investigations into the incident in a motive to see those culpable of the killings brought to book.

A police officer who opened fire on Sunday, December 16, and killed four people in Kolongolo village, Trans Nzoia County had been arrested.

The officer was arrested on the morning of Monday, December 17, and is currently been held Kitale Police Station as detectives further investigations in the incident.

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The officer was arrested on the morning of Monday, December 17, and is currently been held Kitale Police Station as detectives further investigations in the incident. Photo: National Police Service
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As earlier reported by Exposeke.com, the shooting incident ensued after two police officers arrested a man in the village and rowdy residents attempted to free him.

The suspect, who police identified as Dan Juma, managed to escape during the scuffle. He is alleged to have assaulted his wife who later reported him to the authorities hence his arrest.

The mob charged at two police officers who had effected the arrest, and one of the officers who was armed fired several rounds of ammunition.

During the incident, that left four dead, at least nine civilians suffered bullet wounds among them Trans Nzoia Country Assembly Speaker Joshua Werunga.

Security reinforcement was later called to quell the situation but police say their vehicles were pelted with stones leading to injury of four officers.

The Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA), condemned the incident and adding that it had launched a probe to ne those culpable.

The incident comes hardly three days after officers deployed in Kapedo stormed Mandera Police Station and forcibly freed a colleague.

The detained officer had been linked to a case of robbery with violence and was set to take plea on Friday, December 14.

His freedom was however, short lived as sleuths netted him in Nairobi on Sunday, December 16.

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