A suspected robbery gangster was gunned down during an operation aimed at arresting the suspect at a city estate off Thika Road.
The suspect was identified as 23-year-old Ibrahim Waweru Wagechi aka ‘Mwarabu’ whuile at the same time the sleuths arrested the suspect’s friend, a 20-year-old woman.
According to eyewitness the suspect was gunned down after more than three hours this is after he fell into an open pit, where a latrine was about to be constructed.
The officers retrieved the body from the pit using a rope, but when they couldn’t find the suspect’s gun.
A generator was brought in to pump out water and drain the pit and when they still could not find any firearms, they enlisted the help of area youths to scoop out all the mud from the pit.
At the same time a police officer also lost his life while on duty during the said operation while another police officer was rushed to hospital with gunshot wounds.
Sergeant Gravious Osieno, who was attached to Lunga Lunga Police Station, was killed during the shoot-out in Kamae, Kahawa West, in Roysambu Sub-County.
During the operation detectives impounded a Ceska pistol loaded with two 9 mm-calibre bullets, a used round and a home-made gun at the suspect’s home.
“He was on the list of wanted criminals. We have been searching for him over a series of crimes in Nairobi. We had a tip that he was hiding in his house,” Makadara police Chief Timon Odingo said.
The officers further said they found assorted mobile phones believed to have been stolen from an M-Pesa shop in South B Shopping Centre. The phones were hidden under the suspect’s mattress, besides several items belonging to Kenya Power.
Odingo further revealed that it was during the retrieving of the body that the sleuths managed to find the Ceska pistol loaded with two rounds of ammunition while a third used round was recovered from the mud.
The body of the deceased was taken to the city mortuary.