A man has been shot dead after an altercation with a police officer in Machakos County.
It is reported that Administration Police Constable Victor Kariuki, who is currently attached to a veterinary farm that is near the office of the governor, responded to a distress call from security officers deployed at the farm.
Upon reaching the scene, the cop found a group of herders had trespassed into the farm and were illegally grazing their herd of cattle.
A police report filed at Machakos Police Station says the police officer tried to convince the herders to remove their animals from the farm but instead, he was met by a hostile reception.
A vicious altercation then ensued between the cop and the herders. In a bid to scare the crowd which was now charging after him, the report says, the cop shot one bullet in the air.
The deceased, identified as Muendo Maundu, allegedly tried to snatch the rifle from the police officer and amid the melee, he was shot on the back of the right shoulder, with the bullet exiting through the back of the left shoulder. Maundu, 38, died on the spot.
Angry mob burns the farm
Angered by the shooting of one of their own, the mob proceeded to the veterinary farm offices and set on fire a hay store.
The large inferno completely consumed the store and the grass a large portion of the grass plantation.
“The scene of shooting incident has been processed by SCCIO Machakos and body which had a gunshot removed to Machakos Level V Hospital Mortuary pending postmortem,” reads the police report.
Constable Kariuki has since been arrested and placed in custody to assist in investigations. His G3 rifle with 18 rounds of ammunition has been kept as exhibit.
Critical Infrastructure Protection Unit (CIPU)
Constable Kariuki is attached to the Critical Infrastructure Protection Unit (CIPU) of the Administration Police Service (APS).
The CIPU was formed to provide security at the country’s critical infrastructure such as electrical substations, transmission lines, roads, data centres, fibre optic lines, water treatment plants, and telecommunications towers.