GSU officer, ex-prison warder arrested for killing police woman in Meru

One of the suspects who stabbed and killed an Administrative Police woman in foiled robbery in Meru on Wednesday is a GSU officer based in Mt Elgon.

His accomplice is a former prison officer who deserted duty two years ago, police say.

Police, with the help of assisted by residents, arrested the suspects while one was lynched by members of the public at the scene.

According to Imenti South Deputy County Commissioner Joseph Kisangau, the suspect who was lynched by members of public is believed to be an AP officer based in Kajiado.

Imenti South OCPD John Cheruiyot said 19 rounds of ammunition, a tear gas canister, pepper and a machete were found at Capital Sacco in Igoji where the suspects killed a police woman.

“We arrested the two suspects and are helping us with investigations. We are continuing with the operation to recover the stolen firearm,” Mr Cheruiyot said.

The first suspect was arrested at Kathithine, about 15 kilometers from Igoji, as he disguised himself as a farmer.

“The second suspect was arrested at around 6.30pm at Igoji market where he had gone to pick a motorbike they had left behind. Fortunately, boda boda operators had identified the motorbike and laid a trap,” Mr Kisangau said.

Police are pursuing other accomplices who might have accompanied the trio.

“It seems they had carried their own bullets and intended to steal guns from the police officers,” the deputy county commissioner said.

Mr Kisangau lauded the residents for helping avert the robbery and the arrest of the two suspects.

“The suspect who was lynched had attempted to grab the gun of the second police officer but a resident cut his hand with a panga. Residents also came with a sniffer dog that helped in tracing the suspects,” he said.

The deceased AP officer and his colleague were guarding a building at Igoji market when the three attackers posing as customers struck at around 10.00am on Tuesday.

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