A police officer attached to the Piave police post in Njoro, Nakuru County on Tuesday morning shot his wife dead before taking his own life.

The officer, identified as Constable Cornelius Talaam, reportedly shot his wife Eunice Wamboi several times before turning the gun on himself.

“There were six spent cartridges at the scene of the incident where the two were lying in a pool of blood,” Nakuru County Commander Hassan Barua said.

The officer’s colleagues said they had spent the better part of Monday afternoon drinking before leaving at around 3 pm.

“The shootout could have happened between the time we left and 8 am. When we realised he had not reported to work on Tuesday as normal, we went to his house only to find the two bodies lying dead in a pool of blood,” said a constable at the post.

The deceased’s neighbours said they heard gunshots early Tuesday morning but assumed it was just another police operation.

“In was early morning when we heard several gunshots. We did not think it was something to worry about because the place was occupied by police who use guns,” Mary Wairimu, a neighbour said.

According to neighbours, the couple had stayed together for only three months before the incident.

Investigations have been launched and the bodies moved to the Nakuru County Mortuary.