Fresh details have emerged regarding the killed gunman who took over Kapenguria Police Station for the better part of Thursday and reportedly killed five police officers.According to officers privy to the rescue operation, the shooter earlier suspected to be an Al Shabaab suspect was actually a police officer based at the station.
Reports indicate that the troubled Constable turned on his colleagues at around 5.30am following a confrontation after unsuccessfully trying to resign.
“He recently graduated from Police College in Kiganjo and he was under the radar of police over his behavior. He had been unhappy over a number of issues,” an officer was quoted by a local daily.
It emerged that on Wednesday, the lone shooter went off duty but returned on Thursday morning. He allegedly attempted to unlock cells to set free detained suspects before his colleagues on duty attempted to stop him.
After a brief scuffle, he snatched a rifle from one of the officers whom he shocked and killed on the spot. He then turned on fellow officers including Station OCS Vitalis Ochido, marking the beginning of a siege that lasted more than eight hours.
More officers were deployed to subdue the attacker but he kept shooting to keep the team at bay prompting an elite hostage rescue team from the Recce Squad to be flown in.
According to a report by the Standard, one of the elite officers was killed during the operation while another sustained injuries.
After further search, sources claim that Omar Eumod who had earlier been suspected to be behind the attack was found alive inside one of the cells.
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