A police officer attached to the Nyakiang’a Police Station in Murang’a County shoots self dead in the head.
A junior police officer died by suicide after he shot himself in the head at the Nyakianga police station in Muranga County.
The police constable, according to a report, was at the police quarters inside the station when the incident occurred at around 2:30 pm.
According to the report, the officer’s colleague was manning the report office when he heard several gunshots coming from the police quarters, prompting him to rush to the scene.
It was at this point that he found the late officer lying in a pool of blood.
The scene was visited by the Sub-County Police Commander (Scpc), Mathioya Sub-County Criminal Investigations Officer, and the Deputy Officer Commanding Station attached to the Nyakiang’a Police Station.
Crime Scene Investigations (CSI) officers from Murang’a County headquarters also processed the scene with the objective of getting leads to establish the motive behind the murder.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the officer shot himself inside the mouth with the bullet exiting through the rear part of the head.
“A total of 3 rounds of 7.62×51mm were expended,” read part of the police report.
The officer’s body was transferred to Kiria-ini Mission Hospital Mortuary awaiting a post-mortem examination.
Police suicides have been on the rise and most are blamed on stress and work-related trauma.
As part of efforts to address the problem, authorities have started a counseling program for the officers.
The National Police Service Commission announced it had established the counseling unit to evaluate, design, and lead an outreach program to deal with mental health problems and substance abuse.