Police in Juja have gunned down a suspected armed robber, who was in the company of his two other accomplices.
According to reports by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), two others were arrested in Theta area within Juja Sub-County in Kiambu.
The three, according to DCI, accosted a male victim who was driving home at around 9pm and robbed him of his money and valuables.
"Armed with pistols and crude weapons, the men forced their entry into his white Toyota Passo, before robbing him of his day's earnings which were transferred from his M-Pesa account," DCi said in a statement.
"Having gotten wind of the ongoings, detectives based at the Operations Support Unit swiftly responded to the distress call, ambushing the three-man gang while still inside the motor vehicle."
The suspects defied orders by the police to surrender, with one of them opening fire against the police who responded in self-defence.
"Orders to surrender were arrogantly defied when one of them sprang out of the car drawing his pistol and firing at the officers indiscriminately. A shootout then ensued as the detectives responded in self-defense," DCI added.
"When the guns went silent, sprawled on the walk-way lay the daredevil thug, lifeless. During the melee, his two accomplices managed to escape but not without perforated behinds."
The police recovered a pistol loaded with two rounds of 9mm calibre from the suspect, alongside several spent cartridges collected from the scene.
More suspects arrested
The police later arrested two other suspects, Elijah Mwangi Muthoni, 45 and David Mitamo, 21 who are believed to be part of the syndicate that has been terrorizing members of the public in the city.
Efforts to trace the two who escaped are underway.