Police in Embu have launched a manhunt for suspects who hacked to death Chuka Police Station OCS Joseph Kinyua and seriously wounded a police informer at Ugweri Market in Embu County on Wednesday.
The main suspect David Ikaaba was pronounced dead on arrival at Tenri Hospital
Embu where he was rushed to after police shot him when he resisted arrest.
Embu East Deputy County Commissioner George Omollo said the OCS, two other officers and an informer were on a mission to arrest suspect in connection with the murder of a chief from Kamaindi location in Tharaka Nithi County last year.
He said the officers were in plain clothes and were following leads that the suspect was at his butchery in Ugweri market.
He said that when they approached the butchery, the suspect and his workers raised alarm and attacked the officers.
Omollo said the suspect cut the OCS several times on the head and tried to flee but was felled shot by the other officers.
The assailants also attacked the informer and cut him several times, but he was rescued by the other police officers.
The officers also shoot in the air several times to disperse the mob.
“The OCS was rushed to Tenri Hospital in Embu where he succumbed to the injuries on arrival. The informer was rushed to Tenri Hospital and later referred to the Embu Level Five Hospital Embu in critical condition,” said Omollo.
Locals said when they heard gunshots, they rushed to the scene and found the men lying in pools of blood.
Police reports indicate that the team expended 42 rounds of assorted ammunition.
Omollo said police visited the scene and recovered a firearm with empty magazine.
“What happened is unfortunate. We have calmed the situation. Police are investigating what actually transpired,” said Omollo.
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