Police Shoots Thug Dead In Thika

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A robbery with violence suspect was fatally wounded on Wednesday night in Thika, Central Kenya, as police officers on patrol responded to a distress call from a public member who was under attack.

The victim, only identified as Oti, a student at Thika Technical Institute, was headed to his rented room when the thugs accosted him.

Following the sudden attack, Oti let out high-pitched screams of distress, prompting a quick response from the officers of the law who spotted a young man subdued on the ground by three machete-wielding thugs. The trio were busy ransacking his pockets for his mobile phone and other valuables.

"Immediately, the officers intervened by ordering the three to stop, but their warnings fell on deaf ears as one of the thugs reached for his privates and attempted to draw a firearm. But before his hand could leave the 'armoury', a single shot was fired to immobilize him, sending him sprawling on the ground," said the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

Following the unexpected turn of events, the rest of the thugs jumped on their getaway motorbike parked nearby, and as fate would have it, after two spirited kicks, the bike's engine failed to roar, prompting the duo to scamper into the darkness leaving their ill fated bike behind.

At the scene, Oti's phone was recovered from the suspect's pockets, a sharp machete, and a homemade firearm carefully tucked in the thug's genitals.

The shaken victim was assisted on his feet by the officers who escorted him home following the traumatizing incident, as the body of the thug who suffered a fatal injury was escorted to General Kago hospital mortuary pending identification and autopsy.

"Meanwhile, the blue motorbike registration number KMDS 602K, used by the miscreants, was impounded and is currently at Thika police station as investigations aimed at arresting the rest of the suspects ensue," added DCI.

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