Chuka OCS Joseph Kinyua was hacked to death in Kamahindi area in Tharaka Nithi County.
Police boss brutally murdered in pursuit of gang that killed Gov't worker
Top police boss hacked to death
Reports indicated that Mr Kinyua was hacked to death in Embu County by a suspect linked to the gruesome murder of a chief in Tharaka-Nithi County.
The OCS together with two police officers were said to be in pursuit of suspects believed to have been involved in the death of the local area chief Japhet Majau.
OCS Kinyua was killed after he and two of his colleagues cornered the suspect at Ugweri market in Embu East, where he operated a butchery.
He reportedly confronted the suspect identified as David Ikaaba and ordered him to surrender but he did not obey the order.
Death of chief
A police report said that Ikaaba and workers in the butchery raised alarm and attacked the officers.
The suspect allegedly picked up an axe and struck the OCS in the head several times, much to the astonishment of the residents.
Earlier in the day, Tharaka Nithi County Commissioner Beverly Opwora toured Kamahindi to investigate the circumstances under which the Chief was killed by angry residents.
Residents claimed that the chief’s brother, Gikware Mukengu had detained goats belonging to a resident, Gitonga Kibuibe, who went missing in December 2018 and his skeleton found in the nearby river Thuci.
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