PD Reporter @PeopleDailyKe
Two police officers involved in the shooting of a woman at City Park, Nairobi, are likely to face murder charges. This is after detectives opened a murder probe into the death of Janet Wangui Waiyaki, 41, who was shot dead on Sunday morning.
Bernard Chege, 26, who was with Wambui at the time of the incident, was also shot and wounded and is recuperating in hospital. Investigators say the officers involved in the shooting had a malicious intent.
“Given that one (officer) shot four bullets and the other seven from their rifles, there is a believe they had a malicious aforethought. They knew the weapons are lethal and using them would cause death or serious injury,” said an officer.
Administration Police Constable William Chirchir from Makadara Police Station and AP Constable Godfrey Kirui, from Industrial Area Police Station who opened fire in the incident have since recorded a statement with detectives at Gigiri Police Station.
They were granted bond awaiting the outcome of the probe. The two, alongside two others who did not fire, were disarmed and their weapons taken for ballistic tests.
Government pathologist Dr Johansen Oduor conducted a postmortem on the body of the deceased woman at the City Mortuary, yesterday.
Wangui and Chege were in a private car within the park when the police on patrol approached it. According to the police, the car had been parked there for more than an hour raising suspicion. Nairobi police boss Joseph ole Tito said the officers approached the car with an intention of knowing if there were occupants and their mission.
“The car’s windows were tinted and as the officers approached it and knocked it, the driver sped off prompting two of the officers to shoot at it. Both occupants were injured but the woman succumbed in the hospital,” he said.
After the car stalled a few meters away, the two occupants were removed and taken to hospital where the woman lost her life.