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Shock and grief gripped Subukia area in Nakuru county yesterday after a police officer shot dead his wife and their five-year-old daughter following a domestic quarrel.
Cosmas Biwott is said to have had an argument with his wife before he picked a gun and sprayed her with bullets as their daughter watched before turning on her and shooting her in the head at the Anti-Stock Theft Unit camp in Subukia, Nakuru. Subukia OCPD Alex Ng’ang’a said Biwott, 24, used a colleague’s firearm to commit the crime before fleeing.
“The suspect managed to flee the scene but we have launched a manhunt and are hopeful we will apprehend him soon and charge him in court,” he said. He added that they have condoned off the camp and have already deployed homicide detectives to interrogate any officer believed to have aided the suspect escape.
The bodies of Jane Njoki, 26, and her daughter Shantel Nyambura were taken to the Nyahururu Referral Hospital morgue. The officer according to sources has been in the service for less than two years and is said to have been in constant quarrels with his wife, with whom they have lived together for only seven months.
Njoki’s mother Wambui Nderitu said her daughter at one time separated from the officer and only returned after they sorted out their differences. The ASTU camp in Subukia has more than 20 police officers who were deployed to stem rampant cases of cattle theft in the area.