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Drunk cop shoots matatu driver

19 July 2013, 10:45 Steve Wambugu

A matatu driver was early Thursday morning shot three times at Lanet estate by a police officer who is said to have been drunk during the incident.

According to the matatu driver Peter Njoroge operating along Nakuru, Lanet route, said that the police officer who was in the company of four others hit the matatu on the sideways.

Njoroge said that his efforts to obtain support from the officer who was driving the personal car turned chaotic, removed a pistol and threatened to kill him forcing Njoroge to run away.

“We were all heading the same direction towards town when this personal car came and hit the matatu from the sideways and when I went to find out what was wrong he told me to go away threatening to kill me,” he said.

The matatu driver narrated that it was while he was running away for his dear life that the officer first shot him on the left leg before attempting to shoot him again on his head but missed since he was drunk.

Njoroge added that the officer who was staggering said that he was going to kill him and kill himself and that’s when he turned the gun towards himself before the driver pleaded with him not to do so.

“He walked to where I was laying and said he will kill me and kill himself for not cooperating with him and that’s when he inserted the gun into his mouth before I told him there was no need for that,” he said.

Njoroge's efforts to call for help from the nearby military barracks proved futile as two army men guarding the gates of the camp stood aside watching the man pleading for his life.

He further said that the officer later shot him on the left shoulder before making a fourth attempt to shoot him on the chest and that’s when the driver pushed the policeman away.

“Since we were just a few blocks away from the army barracks. Some two army men just stood by doing nothing,” he said.

Njoroge said he was later helped by his fellow drivers operating along the same route who took him to the Rift Valley General Hospital.

The said rogue police officer was later beaten up by angered road users before his fellow police officers came to his rescue and rushed to Nakuru Provincial General Hospital.

However, the Nakuru police Boss Bernard Kioko gave a contradicting account of the story saying that the police officer was hit by the matatu after the driver of the van made a U-turn in the middle of the road.

Kioko also refuted claims that the police officer was drunk during the incident and that he was just headed to buy breakfast from a nearby shop.

“The officer was only going to buy a breakfast just after reporting to work at around six before the driver of the matatu made a sudden U-turn,” he said.

The OCPD maintained that the police officer was forced to use his pistol for self defence.

He also said that the saloon car was only carrying two officers and not five as Njoroge claimed.

Kioko said that they have so far launched investigations since they are dealing with two incidents - accident and careless shooting.

The two cars that were involved in the morning incident were later towed to Nakuru central police station.

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