The driver of a 14-seater matatu heading to Nairobi from Meru town escaped death narrowly after a police officer opened fire at him at a roadblock in Kangaru area of Embu County.
John Njuki sustained a gunshot wound on his left leg and was admitted at the Embu Level Five Hospital.
The officer who shot him is in the rank of police inspector attached to the Embu West Police Division.
A bullet hole was left on the driver’s door.
The incident which happened on Monday evening caused a scare among passengers as passers-by scampered for safety, leading to traffic snarl-up.
Passengers recounted that the driver had a row with Chuka enforcement officers. They narrated how enforcement officers called Embu police with information that the driver had a gun.
“Why did the police rush to shoot the driver while he was slowing down? They also searched the car and could not find the alleged firearm,” said Kinuthia, the matatu conductor.
He said the matatu was full of passengers at the time.
Lucy Wanja, who was riding on a boda boda, recounted seeing two police officers with guns pointed at the matatu before gunshots rent the air.
Embu County Police Commander Daniel Rukunga said they had launched investigations into the incident.
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