A middle aged man has been shot dead by police along the busy Kericho-Kisumu Highway at Kapsoit Trading Center. Patrick Korir, 26 is believed to have been part of a rowdy mob that tried to lynch a suspect related to the killing of an M-pesa owner a few weeks ago.
The mob tried to lynch the suspect before Kericho County Police Commander Silas Gichunge deployed his officers to the area.
Reports state that Kapsoit residents had barricaded the busy Kericho-Kisumu Highway and lit bonfires. The Kapsoit police officers were overwhelmed before the Kericho Police were brought in for reinforcement.
The incident took place a few weeks after an M-pesa owner was stabbed to death by an unknown person while leaving his place of work, just before the curfew hours.
Patrick Korir is belived to have been shot by one of the police officers while trying to disperse the raging crowd. Kericho County Police Commander has however claimed that the tragedy was accidental.
Kapsoit Member of County Assembly Paul Chirchir and the residents have now called on the authority to arrest the officer responsible for the shooting, citing an incidence of misuse of firearm.
Korir was taken to the Kericho Level 5 Hospital Mortuary.
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