Police officers in Elgeyo Marakwet County, on Friday, November 19, launched a manhunt for a man who allegedly killed a police officer by stabbing him on the head using a poisoned arrow.
Eliud Kipkosgey is accused of accosting Julias Mengich Kipserem, a police constable attached to Kapsowar Police Station.
A police statement seen by K24 Digital says that the officer was amongst others from Kapsowar Police Station who responded to a complaint by Wesley Biwott Chemisto that one local identified as Adam was stealing his maize from his farm.
“It was reported by Morrison Ndung’u a Police Constable attached to Kaptabuk Police Post that today at around 1500 hours while on foot patrol at Koinarak Location about 5 kilometres South-East of the post responding to a complaint lodged at the post by Wesley Biwott Chemisto about one namely Adams had harvested his maize,” the report read in part.
It is during the mission that the suspect grabbed the officer and fought him to the ground before withdrawing his poisonous arrow and stabbing him.
The incident forced other officers to abandon their mission and instead rush their injured colleague to the hospital.
The officer was taken to Chebiemit Sub-County Hospital before being transferred to Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital. He was, however, pronounced dead on arrival at the Eldoret-based hospital.
The body of the deceased was later preserved at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital morgue awaiting an autopsy exam scheduled for Monday, November 22.
The scene of the crime where Kipserem was stabbed was later visited by officers led by the Marakwet West Director of Criminal Investigations boss and the OCS of Kapsowar Police Station.