Cop shoots and injures colleague in city canteen altercation

Authorities looking for Sergent Nthenge who shot four times at Constable Absalom Okoth in South B, Nairobi

In Summary
  • Police said the suspected assailant is on the run while armed and want him to surrender 
  • Counseling unit formed to help police officers manage their stress
Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai
Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai
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A police officer has vanished after he shot and injured his colleague during an argument at their canteen in South B, Nairobi.

Police chiefs said they had not located a police driver attached to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations Academy. The man is accused of shooting his colleague.

Constable Absalom Okoth of DCI Railways was shot and injured in the right thigh.

Witnesses said Sergeant Nthenge shot at Okoth four times but hit him once. Nthenge then escaped from the police lines and is yet to be located after the midnight incident.

Police and witnesses said the incident happened on Tuesday night.

The canteen is where most officers who live at the South B police lines get their meals.

Officers who visited the scene said four spent cartridges and two bullet heads were recovered.

Nairobi police boss Augustine Nthumbi said they are yet to know the motive behind the confrontation and shooting.

Elsewhere in Namanga, two police officers attached to the local Critical Infrastructure Police Unit were involved in a shooting drama.

No one was injured in the shooting that broke out between the head of the unit and a junior officer.

It was not clear what caused the drama. The officer who pulled the trigger in the Tuesday incident was arrested and detained. He was also disarmed of his Ceska pistol confiscated pending further analysis and investigation.

Such dramas are common in the service and most of them have been blamed on stress and trauma.

As part of efforts to address the menace, police authorities have rolled out a counseling programme targeting the officers.

The National Police Service Commission announced it had established the counseling unit, which will, among others things, evaluate, design, and lead an outreach programme to deal with mental health problems and substance abuse.

The programme is also aimed at assisting clients or families affected by mental health, substance abuse issues and trauma to overcome the challenges.



Edited by P.O