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AP officer arrested after shooting dead his boss

A senior police officer was on Saturday evening shot dead by a junior colleague at Maralal town in Samburu County over unclear circumstances.

The deceased, senior sergeant Dancan Cheruiyot, was killed by eight bullets that were fired into his body by the Administration Police officer at the Samburu central AP Line2 Maralal behind KCB bank at about 7pm.

According to an officer who sought anonymity since he is not authorized to speak to the press, the suspect was angered by the deceased after he was transferred from a Chinese construction company’ site along Maralal-Nyahururu road.

Samburu County Police Commander Karanja Muiruri confirmed the incident saying the suspect has been arrested as police commence investigations into the incident.

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“There is a junior officer who has killed a senior sergeant who is his boss. We have launched investigations into the incident and have already disarmed and arrested him the suspect who is currently in the cell. He could have killed other people,” Muiruri said.

The body of the deceased has been transported to Samburu County Referral Hospital mortuary awaiting postmortem.

Area residents, led by Milimani area Nyumba Kumi chairman Maurice Lebarnai and area nominated MCA Asha Mohammed, have condemned the incident saying it is the first ever to be witnessed in the county.

“We heard gunfire from the police camp, and came to find out what had happened, we found a junior officer had killed his boss. We condemn such incidents, if seniors have a problem with their juniors, it ought to be looked into,” said Ms Mohammed.