A bizarre incident on Monday evening saw police open fire on a public service vehicle in Kangaru area of Embu County.

The driver of the 14-seater matatu that was traveling from Meru town to Nairobi sustained a gunshot wound on his left leg and was admitted at the Embu Level Five Hospital.

Reports indicate that a senior police officer opened fire at the driver, identified as John Njuki, at a roadblock in Kangaru.

The officer has only been identified as a police inspector attached to the Embu West Police Division.

The incident caused a scare among passengers as passers-by scampered for safety, leading to traffic snarl-up.

According to passengers, the driver had a row with Chuka enforcement officers, who called Embu police with information that the driver had a gun.

“Why did the police rush to shoot the driver while he was slowing down? They also searched the car and could not find the alleged firearm,” said Kinuthia, the matatu conductor.

Kinuthia noted that the matatu was full of passengers at the time.

Another witness, Lucy Wanja, said she was riding on a bodaboda when she saw two police officers open fire at the matatu.

Embu County Police Commander Daniel Rukunga said they had launched investigations into the incident.