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Muthangari police boss shot in gunfight

Muthangari OCS Lipa Krop was on Monday shot six times in a fierce shootout with suspected robbers.

It took the police seven hours to gun down one of the suspects who had taken cover in a house in Muthangari’s Mzima Springs.

His accomplice was gunned down in the neigbouring compound as he tried to escape.

Police recovered three pistols from the suspects

The robbers had been tracked by police from a petrol station in Lavington which they were planning to rob.

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Dagoretti OCPD Mathew Gwiyo said police got information about the planned robbery in the morning.

“The suspects were using two cars- a Probox and a Corolla. Police started chasing them from the petrol station. The Probox managed to escape while the other stuck in a ditch,” Mr Gwiyo said.

He said three suspects emerged from the stuck car and escaped on foot at around 11:45 am. Two of them entered a residential compound where they asked a house maid to hide them.

“I told them to get in the house and I lock them inside. They agreed,” the maid, Christine Mwende narrated.

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Once she got outside, she told security guards manning neighboring houses of the thugs she had locked in the house.

“They (guards) spotted the police vehicle and told them that two of the thugs had entered the house” Mwende said.

One of the suspects attempted to escape but was shot as he attempted to reach the neighbouring house.  A Taurus Revolver pistol loaded with six bullets was recovered from him.

A police contingent drawn from regular and administration Police officers, as well as the General Service Unit cordoned the house.

Muthangari OCS Lipa Krop led the charge to the house. He was shot four times on his left arm and once in the left side of his stomach as he attempted to grab the suspect’s pistol.

The operation paused momentarily as Mr Krop was taken to the Kenyatta National Hospital.

This photo taken on a mobile phone shows members of the elite Recce squad arriving at the scene of the shootout in Muthangari. PHOTO | STELLA CHERONO
This photo taken on a mobile phone shows members of the elite Recce squad arriving at the scene of the shootout in Muthangari. PHOTO | STELLA CHERONO

The elite Recce company was deployed to the scene at exactly 3:42. It took them seven minutes to kill the suspect.

A Ceska pistol loaded with 10 bullets was recovered from him.

Nairobi County Police Commandant Benson Kibui said they recovered another pistol in the car that was abandoned by the suspects. The pistol was loaded with another 6 bullets.

Mr Kibui said they are looking for the other accomplices who escaped.