A robbery with violence suspect was fatally shot by police officers who were on patrol on Friday, October 23 in Kimathi Estate – Nairobi County.
According to a statement by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), the suspect is said to have been in a gang of three armed middle-aged men, when he was terminated.
The trio had allegedly waylaid their victim and robbed him of a mobile phone and other personal effects.
“A Loaded Tokarev Pistol and a motorcycle have been recovered from a robbery with violence suspect at Kimathi Estate – Nairobi County,” reads the statement by DCI.
The recovered items have since been kept as exhibits and police have since launched investigations to find the other two suspected robbers who are on the run.
If a person is found guilty of robbery, he or she is liable to imprisonment for fourteen years.
However, if the offender is armed with any dangerous weapon or is in the company of one or more persons and attempts to wound, beat, strike or use any other personal violence to any person, he shall be sentenced to death, the law says.
There has been a spike in the number of reported crimes in the last couple of months.
The incident came days after detectives from DCI arrested a 34-year-old man who was part of a gang that attacked a lady as she parked her vehicle at her Lavington residence.
The gang had shot a man who was trying to raise an alarm of the robbery.
According to a comprehensive report released by the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) in May 2020, Nairobi residents stand a high risk of being victims of crime on any given day.
“Street crime is a serious problem, particularly in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kiambu, Meru, and other large cities. Most street crime involves multiple armed assailants.
“In some instances, large crowds of street criminals incite criminal activity, which has the potential to escalate into mob violence with little notice,” reads an excerpt from the report.