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IPOA launches investigations into fatal police shooting at City Park

Ms Janet Waiyaki and the car she was in when police officers shot her dead at City Park in Nairobi on the morning of May 20, 2018. PHOTO | COURTESY
Ms Janet Waiyaki and the car she was in when police officers shot her dead at City Park in Nairobi on the morning of May 20, 2018. PHOTO | COURTESY
The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) has launched investigations into the shooting of two people at City Park, Nairobi on Sunday which resulted in one death.

The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) has launched investigations into the shooting of two people at City Park, Nairobi on Sunday resulting in fatality.

In a press statement released on Wednesday, IPOA, through its Head of Communications and Outreach, Mr Dennis Oketch, said they have set in motion investigations into the tragic incident.

“IPOA yesterday (Tuesday May 22, 2018) dispatched its Rapid Response Unit to investigate the incident with a view of establishing circumstances of the shooting and if culpability is established to ensure those responsible face the full force of the law,” the statement read in part.

IPOA further said that upon conclusion of their investigation, the Authority will make recommendations and forward the investigation file to the ODPP for his attention.

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During the Sunday morning incident, Janet Waiyaki, 41, was fatally shot when two police officers opened fire on the car she driving in with a male companion.

Bernard Chege, 26, with whom she was in the car, sustained serious injuries and is recuperating in hospital.

A postmortem conducted on Tuesday showed Ms Waiyaki died as a result of internal bleeding after vital organs were damaged by a bullet.

On Tuesday two police officers involved in the incident recorded statements and were freed on bond.

The two, who have been identified as Administration Police Constable William Chirchir from Makadara Police Station and AP Constable, Mr Godfrey Kirui, from Industrial Area Police Station, fired 15 bullets into the vehicle.

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HILARY KIMUYU

HILARY KIMUYU

Hilary has been a journalist with the Nairobi News since 2015 reporting on crime, entertainment, tech and any other issues that are of interest.



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