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Armed cop storms market, threatens traders with guns

03 December 2014, 13:00 Robert Chepkwony

Nakuru - Fear gripped traders at Mukinyai Trading Centre in Molo sub-County along the Nakuru-Eldoret highway after a regular police officer armed with an AK47 and a G3 rifle went berserk threatening to kill them.

The officer is said to have armed himself at the nearby Sachang’wan patrol base before approaching traders who were conducting their businesses and threatening to kill them.

Mukinyai Chief, Paul Kinyanjui said the officer who was identified as Galgalo cocked his gun and ordered people at Mukinyai Trading Centre to lie down in preparation to receive the bullet.

The Chief said preliminary information indicated that the officer was intoxicated or had taken hard drugs.

“I received information from members of the public that a police officer who was armed was threatening to kill them for no apparent reason and officers at the Patrol Base had taken cover fearing for their lives,” Kinyanjui said.

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The chief added that he had communicated with Molo OCDP who responded immediately sending reinforcement to help disarm the officer.

No one was hurt during the fracas but members of the public accused the said officer of misconduct saying he should be disciplined.

According to an eyewitness, Grace Wanjiru, the officer was not showing any signs of intoxication and was aware of his actions.

“The officer crossed the road with his gun and when he met a group of youths who were unloading maize at a store he ordered them to face the wall of a nearby shop threatening to kill them,” Wanjiru narrated.

She pointed that the officer had already cocked his gun and bystanders pleaded with him not to kill them.

The officer was restrained and taken to an unknown destination by officers from Molo.

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