Form two student killed by a stray bullet at Wath Onger market in Nyatike

A Form Two student at Akala Secondary School in Nyatike sub- County Migori County died on Tuesday evening after he was allegedly shot by a police officer.

The 17-year-old boy was shot dead by a stray bullet as police shot in the air to disperse an angry mob that had threatened to lynch a female suspect.

According the eye witness, Ellar, there was a commotion at Wath Ong'er market after a woman suspected to be thief was arrested by Migori county askaris.

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“The Police arrived at the scene and started shooting in the air to scare the mob. Unfortunately, the 17-year-old boy was shot dead by a stray bullet fired by a police officer,” Ellar said.

Angry mob overpowered the county askaris who called in the police to assist deal with the milling crowd.

Mr Charles Okinyi a relative to the boy, who identified the deceased as Jevis Omollo, said that the boy was in the market to help his friend sell some goods.

“The boy was not in the rowdy crowd when he met his death; he was selling in the market. The stray bullet hit him in the stomach,” said Okinyi.

The boy was rushed to one of the clinics at the market for first aid before he was transferred to Migori County Level Four Hospital where he died on the way.

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The body was later transferred to the same facility’s morgue.

Migori County police Commander Joseph Nthenge has, however, said the boy was not killed by police, but by a stray bullet.

“It was a stray bullet, a stray bullet is not a police bullet, it was not aimed at anybody, it is just like an accident,” said Nthenge.

Nthenge, however, said police are already investigating the matter.

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