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Police, residents in row over shooting

11 September 2013, 13:20 Arap Yego

A middle-aged man was shot dead by a policeman under unclear circumstances on Tuesday in Kongit Village, Mt Elgon district, sparking a row between members of the public and the security agents.

The man, identified as Timothy Karawai who is a businessman, is said to have had domestic squabbles with his spouse on Monday evening. The wife is said to have notified police officers from Kongit Police Station.

The officers raided the businessman's homestead on Tuesday morning at 5:30am in a bid to arrest him.

A brief altercation which saw the man shot in the stomach is said to have risen. He died on the spot.

Mt Elgon OCPD John Onditi confirmed the incident and said police officers opened fire in self defense after the man shot an arrow at the officers.

“When he was ordered to open his house, he armed himself with a bow and arrows. He shot one of the officers at the collarbone, prompting them to open fire in self-defense,” said Onditi.

The police boss confirmed that the 47-year-old man was on the run and was being sought by police who had arrest warrant. He said that when his wife reported that she had been assaulted, the security agents decided to raid his house since they knew that he was at home then the unfortunate incident happened.

Irate members of the public protested the killing of the man claiming he was killed by a trigger happy police officer. A resident who asked for anonymity claimed that the man was murdered in cold blood and a bow and two arrows planted on the scene to make it appear like he was armed.

Area member of county assembly Peter Cherui, who addressed the residents in a security meeting forum that was convened in the area after the killing, appealed to them to be calm. He condemned the incident and asked for a speedy investigation into what really transpired.

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