A middle-aged policeman from Busia County was shot dead on Friday night (October 16) by his fellow cop in unclear circumstances.
Police Constable Francis
Kalewa was shot in the right side of his back, and the bullet exited through
The incident happened at
Bukesa Village in Burumba Location, Busia County a few minutes to 10pm.
At 9:40pm, village elder
Pamela Atieno had reported to a local police station that residents were on the
verge of lynching a 26-year-old man accused of stealing motorcycle parts from
boda boda operators in the neighbourhood.
Constables Kalewa and
Wycliffe Kibet Kaptila and corporal John Kipkemoi Kenduiwo rushed to the scene
to rescue the suspect identified as Samson Peter.
As the three cops were
bundling Peter into a waiting police vehicle, the irate residents began stoning
the policemen with the intention of grabbing the suspect from their custody.
“The officers were forced to
fire in the air to scare the rowdy mob,” says a police report filed at the
Busia Police Station on Friday night under the OB Number 91/16/10/2020.
“As they (police officers)
were approaching the station, it was noted that Constable Francis Kalewa was
bleeding. He was taken to the Busia County Referral Hospital, where it was
established that Kalewa had sustained a gunshot [injury] in the right side of
his back,” adds the report.
Kalewa, however, succumbed
to his injuries while receiving treatment Friday night, police say.
indicated that corporal Kenduiwo had fired three bullets from his AK-47 rifle
of serial number 5526173, while the Late Kalewa had fired two rounds of
ammunition from his AK-47 rifle of serial number 5520341. Both officers were
issued with the bullets earlier Friday, records show.
Busia Sub-County Criminal
Investigation Officer (SCIO) has taken up the matter, and a
probe into the circumstances leading to Kalewa’s fatal shooting launched.
Corporal John Kipkemoi
Kenduiwo has been arrested, police say.
Kalewa’s body was taken to
Tanaka Nursing Home morgue for autopsy.
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