Police on Wednesday morning gunned down a notorious thug who was the head of a gang trying to establish its fiefdom in Mathare and its environs, Nairobi.
Charles Gitau Mwangi alias Baroda, 22, who has been on the detectives' radar for the past few weeks, was fatally wounded in a barrage of gunfire after he defied orders to surrender and attacked one of the police.
The detectives who were responding to distress calls from distressed members of the public went after Gitau and two of his accomplices.
The thugs were escaping from a crime scene at Mlango Kubwa, where they had attacked a woman headed to work at around 8 am and took away her mobile phone and other valuables, leaving her wailing in anguish.
"After jumping over a few puddles of stagnant water as the thugs headed towards Muthaiga bridge, the battle hardened crime busters credited for ridding Mathare, Huruma and Pangani off criminal gangs, hastened Gitau's appointment with his creator, after he defied orders to surrender and turned on the officers with a home made firearm capable of firing and a dagger," said the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.
It was reported that the deceased had turned on the officer leading the charge closely behind him and opened fire, missing his head by a whisker, prompting the officer to return fire and killing him on the spot.
The deceased's accomplices were lucky to escape the onslaught narrowly but with bullet injuries.
Meanwhile, a firearm capable of firing, two rounds of 9mm calibre, a knife and the stolen mobile phone were recovered from the fallen 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.