Police mistakenly shoot sugarcane vendor while chasing suspected criminal
02 August 2016, 17:14
Nairobi - A sugarcane vendor was shot and seriously wounded by a stray bullet from police officers who were chasing after a suspected criminal in Nyeri town.
The vendor, only identified as Dennis was going on with his business along Baden Powell road, unaware that police were pursuing the suspected robber who was among others who had allegedly attempted to rob traders at King’ong’o area.
The gang escaped towards Kiawara slums after residents raised alarm, unaware that a combined force of different units were on hot pursuit.
And upon reaching Baden Powell Park in Nyeri town, police were forced to open fire on the suspect who was walking comfortably along the park’s fence, but on high alert.
Blaring sirens woke up the usually calm town, as police vehicles pursuing the suspects horned out to calve their way in.
A police officer who sought anonymity said that police were forced to shoot after learning that the suspect intended to make his way into the usually busy Majengo slum.
“They learnt that the suspect was joining a usually busy estate, and they fired a warning shot, but the vendor got scared and run towards the opposite direction and he was accidentally hit by a stray bullet,” said the officer.
The suspect sought a human shield from a woman but a Kenya Defence Force (KDF) soldier on plainclothes jumped into action and separated the thug from the woman.
The suspect was escorted to Nyeri Central Police Station with members of the public streaming in to catch a glimpse.
However, armed plainclothes police riding in an unmarked vehicle had a hard time leaving the scene where Dennis was shot, as members of the public barricaded their car, and demanded they first rush him to hospital.
The officers halted their mission and had to draw their weapons to disperse the crowds.
But another police land cruiser reached the scene and took the victim to Nyeri County Referral Hospital, where he was admitted in a critical condition.
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