In a weird occurrence in Nairobi's Kabete neighborhood, a police officer shot and murdered six people before killing himself. His wife, neighbors, and bodaboda riders were among those killed after they heard gunfire on Tuesday morning and hurried to his house to find out what had happened.
Constable Benson Imbatu of the Kabete police station, went home with his AK47 weapon and began a fight with his wife, Carol Imbatu. The situation escalated into a shooting. Neighbors and bodaboda riders who passed by the Heights Apartments where the officer was staying raced over to see what had happened. According to authorities, they also noticed a fire coming from the house.
Imbatu then came out with his gun drawn and shot five other people, including two bodaboda riders and his neighbors, in various areas surrounding the house. "He proceeded on a shooting spree far away from the house, hunting his targets," claimed Jane Wanjiru, a neighbor who hid in her home.
Two additional victims were shot and critically injured, and they are being treated at Kenyatta National Hospital. Police were called to the scene and surrounded the house before hearing a gunshot. They later discovered he had shot himself in the neck and committed suicide.
Locals demanded explanations after the gunshot event, which spurred protests along Thiongo Road. Locals ignited bonfires at the scene where some of the victims died, demanding an explanation. "The officer was said to have mental difficulties. What was he doing at work?" A local enquired.
The couple stayed alone at the house, according to Dagorreti police chief Francis Wahome. "We don't know why the tragedy happened, but we've lost seven individuals, including the police who committed suicide," Wahome added. The bodies were transported to a mortuary.
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