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Family claim man shot by police was not a criminal

11 April 2012, 11:59 Kelvin Wanjohi

The story of a man the police shot dead on suspicion of being a dangerous criminal has missing links that even his relatives don’t want to discuss, saying that he was a humble family man which could have been a case of mistaken identity.

It is claimed that Simon Ng'ang'a was arrested, handcuffed and whisked away from Maina village in Nyahururu, by three men.

Barely two hours later, police received reports that they were gangsters that wanted to car jack a motorist along the Nyeri - Nyahururu road.

The officers rushed to the scene and allegedly encountered the “gangsters’ on a motor bike. The officers ordered them to stop.

They defied the order, and instead, one of the gangster Simon alias Simo  withdrew a pistol prompting the police to fire a hail of bullets at him “before he could fire a single bullet”.
 He died instantly, said the OCPD. The police recovered  a homemade gun from the dead man. The gun had the capacity to shoot, he added.

The bullet-riddled body was removed to the Nyahururu district hospital mortuary in the morning. Before the removal, a crowd of people milled to the scene to view it. Those who saw it identified it as Simo’s. They said his shoes were still clean, and that he seemed to have been shot at very close range.

The OCPD said two of the killed suspect’s “accomplices had escaped with gun wounds. He added that the police believe that the gangsters were attempting to commit a robbery. A manhunt was launched immediately for the two other wounded, unknown suspects.

 “The truth of the matter is that this is a mystery because it is unclear who had picked him from Maina,” said Chief Muraya.

Councillor Jonah Gichereu of Maina ward withing Laikipia District Gicheru said that there were missing links that needed to be filled in order to unravel the mystery. The deceased was little known in the heavy populated village.

 There have been bloody criminal activities within Nyahururu municipality of late, with the police winning praise for their swift action.

Last month, they shot dead suspects as they robbed a trader at Muthengera trading centre. They have been trailing suspects who had escaped during the incident.

But this time round,  they have been showered with blame for what the relatives termed as shoddy investigations in handling and apprehending criminals.

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