Nairobi Cop Opens Fire on Traffic Officer During Dramatic Rescue of a Suspect

August 8, 2019

A police officer stationed at the Kamukunji Police Station has booked his day in court after firing his rifle at his counterpart in the Traffic division on Tuesday afternoon.

Police Constable Abel Musati of service number 247410, reportedly fired his AK-47 rifle at Police Constable Hillary Korir of service number 89030 along General Warunge Road, in Starehe sub-county, Nairobi.

The traffic cop had arrested the driver of a motor vehicle Reg. No KAU 282M Toyota Hiace for driving without a TLB license. PC Hillary Korir was escorting the matatu to the Pangani Police Station when his counterpart attacked.

“Along the way, the driver called someone on phone whom he claimed to be the owner of the said motor vehicle and then PC Abel Musati No. 247410 of Kamkunji police station came and intercepted them at Kariakor rounder about while in police uniform and armed with an AK 47 assault rifle claiming to be the owner of the vehicle,” said Nairobi Regional Police Commander Phillip Ndolo.

“Korir requested that the matter be sorted out at the police station but Musati forcefully pulled the traffic officer out of the vehicle and ordered the driver to drive off. He then aggressively followed Korir and fired one round of 7.62mm special ammunition at him but the bullet missed the officer,” Ndolo added.

Detectives arrested the suspect, disarmed him of his AK 47/NO. KP 764868 loaded with 29 rounds of ammunition, and also recovered one spent cartridge.

PC Musati is facing charges of attempted murder, firing at a traffic police officer on duty, aiding the escape of a suspect, and permitting a motor vehicle to be driven without TLB license.

Detectives were still pursuing the said vehicle and its driver at the time of writing.

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