Detectives based in Eldoret, Uasin-Gishu County, Kenya's Rift Valley, have recovered a firearm stolen from a police officer last week on Thursday.
A Jericho pistol, serial number KP 44332663, loaded with three rounds of 9mm calibre was recovered from one Hillary Kibet following a fierce shootout in Langas township.
"Sounds of fierce gunfire rent the air as the detectives faced off with the suspect in a vicious exchange of fire that disrupted business activities in the densely populated settlement," said the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).
This is after the thug who had spotted the officers approaching his mud-walled hideout opened sporadic fire, forcing the detectives who were approaching to dash down on sewer puddles for cover.
"Without wasting time, the operation's commander raised his colleague who was waiting in the hatchback via radio and instructed him to go for the target through a window at the back of the room as they covered fire," added DCI.
A minute later, the suspect was subdued, and he slowly leaped out of his shanty, lifting his hands resignedly, as a detective followed him closely behind, pointing his rifle three inches from the suspect's back.
The firearm was recovered from him before he was whisked to the waiting police car.
The suspect is believed to have snatched the firearm from a senior police officer in an incident reported on November 3, 2022, at Pioneer police post.
Since the incident was reported, the firearm has been used in at least three robbery incidents within Eldoret town and its environs.
Detectives have since established that Kibet is the leader of a gang of criminals targeting motorists and motor vehicles within Eldoret town.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations lauded the members of the public who provided information leading to the recovery of the firearm and the arrest of the suspect.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.