Three suspected thugs were Friday morning shot dead in a chase by police in the Ruiru area, Kiambu County.
According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI), police were Infomed by alarming reports of stolen motor vehicles from parking yards and residential places across Ruiru sub-county. The joint team of officers had therefore to keep a night-long vigil patrolling their areas of jurisdiction.
30 minutes into the devil’s hour, the sleuths observed some suspicious activity by four men onboard a KBZ 113S Toyota Probox, just as it joined the murram road connecting Mwiki-Kasarani and Githurai 45 roads.
The law enforcers signalled the vehicle to pull over for a security check but the driver sped off, prompting a hot chase.
In a bid to extend their 40th day which seemed to be quickly approaching, the fleeing occupants opened fire frenziedly at the officers, who immediately replied with calculated rapid shots.
When the guns went silent, three of the four-man gang lay dead, but one managed to bolt out into the cover of darkness. He is believed to have sustained gunshot wounds and is being sought. Luckily, none of the tactful officers was injured.
As crime scene detectives processed the bloody scene where a pistol was also recovered, the vehicle’s ignition set was found to have been mastered and an improvised metallic rod used as a car key to ignite the vehicle.
As word spread on the neutralized car stealing gang, a Kayole-based man who had woken up to the shock of his life after finding his parking space vacant contacted the police and confirmed that the recovered vehicle was his.
Further police procedures are ongoing as the bodies await identification at the City morgue.