An officer attached to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in Parklands police station Nairobi has committed suicide.
K24 Digital has established that the officer identified as Elias Kariuki Kirimo, 52, committed suicide, in his apartment located in Kasarani Estate near Naivas Supermarket.
A report seen by this reporter reveals that the officer who hails from Meru County committed suicide in his bedroom.
The matter was reported at Kasarani Police Station by his son James Kithinji Kariuki on Friday, October 8.
“He reported that his father a resident of Pazuri Apartments near Naivas Kasarani that his father who is a Sergent and attached to DCI Parklands had committed suicide in his bedroom at the said apartments,” the report read in part.
Police officers led by Vincent Kipkorir a top cop at the Investigation Unit, Kasarani police station rushed to the scene and found the officer lying down in his bedroom. He was lying in a supine position beside his bed.
The officers established that the officer had hanged himself on the window grills using a leso and his two sons had untied him and placed him on the bedroom floor in a bid to resuscitate him but they did not manage.
“The deceased officer’s neck had signs of strangulation below his chin. The scene was secured and later processed by the scene of crime personnel and the body was moved to the Kenyatta University Hospital morgue awaiting postmortem.
Cases of police officers committing suicide or even killing their spouses have been on the increase in the country for months now.
Two months ago, an officer attached to Gigiri police station located in Westlands Sub-County launched investigations after a junior officer identified as Constable David Machwa Mbatia died by suicide while in the line of duty.
The officer shot himself using an Ak47 rifle.
Still, in August an officer identified as James Mwangi committed suicide by setting himself ablaze in Nyari County.
According to the National Police Service Commission (NPSC), more than 200 officers suffer with mental illness in the wake of rising suicide and murder case.
Already, the commission has prepared a document where it is assessing 104 officers to determine their suitability to go on serving while another 113 are being treated for mental distress.