A detective attached to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) is nursing hip injuries after a night battle with gun-toting armed thugs in Starehe, Nairobi county.
The incident left one robbery with violence suspect dead last night as two others escaped with gunshot injuries.
The three suspects had confronted and violently robbed a man along Juja Road yesterday morning at around 2am.
The man was walking home after watching the Champions League final pitting Liverpool and Real Madrid, according to DCI.
The three suspects are said to have stolen a phone and Sh14,500.
“DCI officers on patrol within Juja Road were raised via control and the matter was brought to their attention.
It didn’t take the battle-hardened detectives who annihilated the infamous Katombi gang long before they spotted the three musketeers,” DCI said.
As the thugs sped towards St. Teresa’s Catholic Church, the victim ran in the opposite direction towards Pangani Police Station to file his report.
“You are hereby ordered to surrender by lifting your hands up and let the government conduct its business,” cautioned the Corporal in charge.
But the defiant thugs opened sporadic fire toward the officers who immediately dashed down to a trench to dodge the oncoming bullets, as they responded decisively to the provocation.
As a result, the fierce shoot-out left one of the officers with hip injuries from the onslaught with one thug fatally wounded on the spot as his two accomplices escaped towards Mlango Kubwa, with one of the detectives hot in their pursuit.
A pistol and three rounds of ammunition were recovered at the scene.
Also impounded was the motorcycle used by the thugs, registration number KMEP 524C.
Crime scene personnel processed the scene for more clues into the identity of the thugs as the firearm was handed over to forensic ballistic experts for examination.
Meanwhile, body of the fallen thug is currently at the City mortuary awaiting post-mortem and identification.