Officer shoots dead six people including girlfriend, kills self in Kangemi

Police officer shoots dead six people, including his girlfriend, at Kangemi, Nairobi; the cop thereafter killed himself using the same weapon.

Officer Benson Imbatu’s neighbour, Purity Cheruiyot, reported the matter to Kabete police at 1am.

She said she heard a loud bang from the house in which Imbatu lived with his wife identified only as Carol.

“Afterwards there was fire in the house,” police say in a statement.

Following Cheruiyot’s report, officers proceeded to the scene where they found Carol with a gunshot wound in the neck.

Police say Imbatu was armed with an AK47 and had gone on a shooting spree where he shot and killed five people, including two boda boda riders.

One of them died while undergoing treatment at the Kenyatta National Hospital.

Two other people sustained gunshot injuries and are undergoing treatment at KNH.

Imbatu later died by suicide.

The firearm was recovered alongside four bullets and four empty cartridges.

Police say further reports will follow, including the identification of the victims.