Police officers arrested over civilian shooting

March 27, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 27 – Two Administration Police officers have been arrested after they shot and killed three people during a raid targeting illicit brews in Butere district, Western Province.

Reports indicate that the officers were conducting the raid at a remote village in Muluanda division on Thursday night, where they were confronted by an unruly mob that wanted to rescue ten arrested suspects.

The officers attached to Muluanda chief’s camp, then opened fire killing three people on the spot. They also shot and injured another person who is admitted to the Yala district hospital.

Police Spokesman Erick Kiraithe told Capital News that one of the officers sustained panga cuts after he was slashed by a villager.

“We understand that is when he opened fire, and he claims it was in self defence. Both of them have been arrested and investigations are going on. We want to establish what exactly happened,” he said.

“The Commissioner of Police has ordered immediate investigations into the incident where three members of public were reportedly shot and fatally injured by the AP’s,” he said.

On Friday, police were sent to the remote village to record statements from witnesses to facilitate the investigations.

Western Provincial Police chief Francis Munyambu said seven witnesses had recorded statements and more were expected to be grilled to help police establish circumstances that led to the shooting.

“We want to ascertain if the officers were justified to open fire at civilians,” he said.

No charges had been preferred on them but Mr Munyambu said they were being investigated over the murder of the three and misuse of firearms.

Mr Munyambu told Capital News they were also hunting down for the suspects who attacked the officers.


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