One police officer escapes after shooting a colleague in a camp in troubled Laikipia County.
Agent Robert Longgare is missing with his G3 rifle with 20 rounds of ammunition after he allegedly shot and killed his colleague John Siro during an argument on Tuesday.
Siro was shot in the back of the chest in their guard and his motive is still unknown.
He fled by shooting at his colleagues who were trying to track him down after the incident.
Police authorities fear that Longgare, a assailant, is trying to retaliate against his colleagues who are following him and a warning has been issued in the Miteta area with caution.
The officers are part of a team from the Anti-Stock Exchange Unit (ASTU) based in Camp Miteta in the new Kirima county.
They are part of a team of security forces fighting armed men operating on private ranches in the major county of Laikipia.
The officer’s body was transported to the morgue as the search for the missing continued. His cell phone was found there.
Laikipia County Police Commander John Nyoike said the two officers were involved in an altercation at a local camp before one of them reached for his gun and attacked the other.
After the incident, the armed officer left with his personal effects, including the gun involved in the attack.
The incident increases the number of officers killed in the area during ongoing anti-gun operations operations in the area.
More than 20 police officers have been killed in the area in the past five months in separate attacks.
The armed men were driven out of many of the farms.
As part of efforts to restore order, Interior Minister Matiang’i announced the establishment of a police unit in Ol Moran.
Ol-Moran was the official headquarters of Kirima sub-county. He said two more police stations would be set up at the lights
There will also be additional national reserve troops to recruit and deploy them in troubled areas, he said.
In addition, a training camp for elite police units will be established in the area to enhance police presence and serve as a safe haven between Laikipia residents and invaders from neighboring counties.
SC said there would be a survey of land surveyors in Laikipia to expedite the process of issuing title deeds and inspecting / recommending action to be taken regarding expired or near-term leases.
“We will engage the relevant ministries and agencies on the effective management of Laikipia National Park to reduce its impact as a source of conflict,” he said.
SC said the operation would involve a multi-agency team, that all responses would be coordinated and address the real triggers of the conflict, in addition to pasture and water struggles.