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Police officer in hospital after shooting himself in Murang’a

A police officer attached to Kangema Police Station in Murang’a County is fighting for his life in a local hospital after he shot himself on Tuesday evening.

The officer is said to have used the rifle he was assigned for security duties to shoot himself through the mouth while he was at the staff quarters.

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Police officers, who were around  the scene of the incident, are said to have rushed to the scene when they heard gunshots only to find their colleague lying in a pool of blood.

The officer was rushed to the nearby Kangema Sub County Hospital before he was transferred to Murang’a Level Five Hospital after his condition worsened.

Some of his colleagues who spoke to the media said the officer had exhibited signs of depression in recent days mostly keeping to himself.

Murang’a County Police Commander David Mathiu confirmed the incident saying doctors for the better part of Wednesday morning were still trying to remove the bullet lodged in his body.

Mathiu noted that they are yet to establish the motive behind the incident even as he urged all police officers in the county to seek help when faced with problems instead of thinking of taking their lives.

“We understand people experience various difficulties in their lives which may lead to depression but it’s advisable to seek help from your seniors or relevant government bodies or even the clergy instead of taking your life,” the County Commander advised the officers.

Last month, another police officer shot himself dead in the neighbouring Nyakianga Police Station.


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