Laikipia West OCPD Merengo Moharai was injured in a gunfight with illegal grazers at Kifuko Ranch in the outskirts of Rumuruti town.
Moherai was shot on the left side of the chest as he led security officers in the area to drive away the grazers, who had invaded the ranch.
He was first rushed to Rumuruti Sub-County Hospital then Nyahururu Hospital and is set to be airlifted to Defence Forces Memorial Hospital in Nairobi for specialised treatment.
“He was shot by a lone gunman as officers were boarding the vehicle to go for de-brief after flushing out illegal grazers. The officer was shot on the left side of the chest and the bullet exited through his back.
Since last May, 21 people have been killed, 98 families displaced and 88 people badly wounded following the influx of illegal grazers.
The herdsmen have also been accused of grazing on farms by force, raping women, threatening residents with guns, igniting tribal animosity, spreading livestock diseases and stealing.
Last week, armed men drove cattle into Suyian ranch before buildings at the property’s lodge were set alight on two consecutive nights.
Properties worth millions of shillings was damaged forcing full closure of business to close indefinitely.
During the melee, one man was killed.