A motorcycle pillion passenger snatched a pistol from a police officer on Monday night and then used it to shoot at him and missed.
The stray bullet hit a member of the public, injuring him on the neck.
The victim, Willy Mwikya Nzuki, is admitted to the Mama Lucy Hospital but is in stable condition.
Corporal John Mbae, Constable Geoffrey Mwangi and Constable Lolem Aisha, all from Umoja police post reported that they were on foot patrol when they sighted a group of young men at Bee Centre roundabout.
As they were telling the young men to disperse, a boda boda rider approached Corporal Mbae and his pillion passenger snatched the officer’s Ceska pistol that was loaded with 14 rounds of ammunition.
“The thug shot at the officer using the same pistol but unfortunately the stray bullet hit a member of the public on the neck,” police said.
An operation was immediately launched and the motorcyclist identified as Felix Asirigwa was arrested, and the motorcycle registration number KMDT 550K detained.
“The main suspect is yet to be arrested and the operation is still on to arrest the other suspect and recover the firearm,” the Nairobi police commander said.