Police Officer in Kabete kills six people then later commits suicide.
A police officer shot dead six people before committing suicide in Nairobi’s Kabete neighborhood in a shocking incident.
The dead included his wife, neighbors and bodaboda drivers who had rushed to his home to check on him when they heard gunshots Tuesday morning.
Police said Constable Benson Imbatu, who was linked to Kabete Police Station, returned home with his AK47 rifle and clashed with his wife Carol Imbatu.
It turned out to be a shooting spree. Neighbors and bodaboda drivers running their operations near the Heights apartment where the officer was staying rushed to the house to see what had happened.
This was after they also saw a fire coming out of the house, police said.
And in the process, Imbatu came out with his gun and shot five other people, including two bodabodas and his neighbors in different parts of the house.
“He fired shots to evict the victims,” said his neighbor Jane Wanjiru, who hid in her home.
Two other people were critically injured in the shooting and hospitalized at Kenyatta National Hospital.
Police called to the scene surrounded the area before he heard gunshots and later discovered that he had committed suicide by shooting himself in the neck.
Dagorreti police chief Francis Wahome said the couple was left alone in the house.
“We do not know the motive for the incident, but we did lose seven people, including a suicide bomber,” Wahome said.
The bodies were taken to a morgue. Neighbors gathered around the house Tuesday morning to mourn the incident.
The officer was among the thousands who had rented a house outside the police station as part of a new initiative launched by the authorities.