- Manhunt launched for policeman who shot Makueni police station OCS dead, injured two officers and escaped with AK47 rifle.
By Allan Tawai
Makueni police station turned tragic on Wednesday evening after a police officer opened fire and shot dead his superior, injured his two colleagues before fleeing with an AK47 rifle.
Constable Friday Barasa is on the run after the incident in which he shot dead the local deputy Officer Commanding Station (OCS) inspector Dennis Wanjala and injured two other officers after a confrontation.
His seniors said he is armed with an AK47 rifle, which he used to commit the crime. It is not clear what provoked the confrontation. Police said Barasa had been deployed to the report office on Wednesday before he became uneasy saying he was going to kill someone.
As reported by Standard Digital, one of his colleagues overheard him say so and informed other officers at the station. After the deputy OCS was informed of the incident, he and two constables went to the report office to establish why Barasa was swearing he would kill.
“Upon seeing the officers, Barasa opened fire killing the OCS and injured two other officers. He later escaped with his rifle,” said a senior officer in the area.
A hunt was immediately launched on the officer who is still armed and in uniform. The two injured officers are nursing bullet wounds after he shot one in the shoulder and the other in the left leg. The body of deceased Inspector was removed to the Makueni Referral Hospital mortuary.
This is the latest incident involving police officers in which they have either killed colleagues or committed suicide. More than 20 officers have committed suicide in separate incidents this year alone.
Cases of police shooting their colleagues and friends dead before killing themselves are also on the rise.
In 2016, Inspector General Joseph Boinnet received a report on the causes of shootings by police officers targeting their colleagues. The probe was done by a team of officers led by Aggrey Adoli with a view to establishing the causes and also remedial actions. The report was not made public. But those who saw it say the report established that the actions were caused by lack of psychological counseling, lack of passion to serve in the service, unprofessional leadership where some managers are not skilled in human resource management leading to nepotism, tribalism and favoritism.
Poor housing condition, lack of morale and uncalled for transfers were also found to be the lead to the deaths in the service.