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Civilian snatches pistol from police officer, kills two in Kisumu

A middle-aged man on Friday morning snatched a pistol from a traffic police officer and shot dead two people at the main bus park in Kisumu City.

According to a police report, the man snatched the Ceska pistol, which was loaded with 14 rounds of ammunition from the officer before shooting him on the pelvis.

He then turned the gun to members of the public as he escaped from the scene towards the bus park killing two civilians.

Kisumu County Police Commander Samuel Anampiu said, the two civilians who were shot in the chest were pronounced dead on arrival at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral hospital (JOOTRH), while four others are admitted at the County Referral Hospital with one in critical condition.

He said the man who was wearing a Marvin and facemask, said was in the company of two others before he attacked the officer who was manning traffic at the Kisumu Boys round-about.

Among those injured in the indiscriminate shooting included two matatu crews who were rushed to Aga Khan Hospital.

After exhausting his bullets, the man threatened members of the public with the blank firearm but was overwhelmed by people who had surrounded him.

The irate mob stoned him to death before the police arrived and took his body to Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital (JOOTRH) mortuary.

Anampiu said police officers have launched investigations into the incident urging members of the public to volunteer information that will lead to the arrest of the two suspects who are still at large.

by Bill Odhiambo/Joseph Otieno

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