IPOA Calls For Witnesses After Claims Cop Shot Woman At KICC
IPOA has called for witnesses following public outrage over the alleged police shooting of an 'innocent' woman in Nairobi.
Via Twitter on Sunday, the authority said it needs to identify the officer and his station. It noted witness accounts will help it advance investigations and secondary processes.
In the video shared on social media, several members of the public confront an officer saying he deliberately shot Ann Wairimu and then walked away.
Unconfirmed reports indicate those who recorded the video were arrested and charged for inciting the public against police.
Their phones were reportedly taken and the videos deleted but they had already been shared on social media.
Police constable Reagan Akoko is said to have been controlling a crowd at the KICC entrance at dawn when the incident occurred.
OB NO: 04/23/07/2017 at Central KICC police station says Akoko then noticed the driver of vehicle KAZ 073X was obstructing other motorists.
"The officer approached the car with the intention of requesting him to clear the road. However, a confrontation ensued and the driver of the car grabbed [the officer's AK47 S/NO KP-17121095]. [He grabbed] the muzzle and extended his hand to the trigger, leading to the discharge of one shot."
The OB says 23-year-old Wairimu, who was in the front passenger seat, was shot in the right hand and left thigh.
It says the driver rushed Wairimu to KNH where she underwent surgery and is in stable condition.
Police spokesman Charles Owino dismissed claims that the shooting was deliberate and that the officer walked away.
Owino said the driver was to blame for the incident that took place at about 4am.
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