Drunk police officer arrested for mistakenly discharging two rounds of ammunition and going into hiding

By Nyaboga Kiage On Wed, 21 Jul, 2021 19:21 | < 1 min read
It is suspected the killed victim was a political activist preaching against poor governance in Coastal region. [PHOTO | FILE]
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Police officers in Wajir County on Wednesday morning managed to smoke out their colleague who was hiding within a thicket moments after he mistakenly discharged two rounds of ammunition.

K24 Digital has established that Vincent Rerimoi Kipkoech who appeared drunk went into hiding moments after he discharged the two rounds of ammunition by mistake.

At the time of the incident, Kipkoech was amongst a group of officers attached to Tarbaj police station who were heading to Afaad camp from Wajir Town.

“It was reported by Corporal Ahmazon Randu of Quick Response Unit Afaad camp that while aboard the Wargadud Technical Land cruiser from Wajir Town he heard gunshot sounds where he instructed the driver to stop the vehicle,” a report seen by this reporter read in part.

“Upon alighting and questioning the rest of the officers it was established that Kipkoech discharged two rounds of ammunition from his AK 47 rifle,” it further read.

The officer was immediately disarmed by his colleagues and he immediately ran into the nearby bush after being disarmed. A search was conducted but he could not be traced.

This prompted the officers to immediately make a report at Tarbaj Police Station where officers from the station accompanied the group to the scene and a further search conducted.

It is then that the officers managed to track him down and he was taken to the police station while he was “drunk and confused.”

The report revealed that disciplinary action will be taken against the officer once the investigations are done.

Cases of police officers taking alcohol and other drugs due to depression have been on the increase according to a report that was released early this year.

Most police officers are suffering in silence and fear speaking out for fear of being victimised.

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