An additional individual linked to the perplexing murder of a police constable assigned to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has been fatally shot at his residence in the Njiru sub-county of Nairobi. As per a statement from the DCI, John Kamau, also known as Farouk, was killed during a gunfight with officers on a Tuesday morning after refusing to surrender.
“Equipped with the CZ pistol that discharged the fatal shots responsible for the death of detective Mayaka, the violent criminal emerged from his apartment door in Njiru Sub-County and fired at one of our officers, injuring him in the left thigh,” a portion of the statement explained.
“In response, his colleagues swiftly and effectively retaliated, ending the perpetrator’s life on the spot during the early morning operation on the second floor of flat B4-124. This operation was carried out by a skilled team of investigators from the Crime Research & Intelligence Bureau.”
Farouk’s weapon, along with 12 rounds of ammunition and various mobile phones believed to have been unlawfully obtained from victims of city crimes, were recovered. The DCI further revealed that ballistics reports indicate that this firearm is connected to more than five armed robberies that took place in Nairobi and Kiambu Counties within the past year.
“These robberies targeted MPESA outlets in densely populated residential areas such as Kayole, Buru Buru, Dandora, and Dagoretti,” the DCI stated.
“Detectives have established that the recovered firearm was violently stolen from an aide to a former Cabinet Secretary in a robbery incident reported on November 17, 2021, in Ngong, Kajiado County.”
Farouk’s demise follows the apprehension of another murder suspect, 23-year-old Alex Wanjiru. Wanjiru was located at his grandmother’s residence in Ruthingiti, Kiambu County, and his escape motorcycle was seized.
Meanwhile, efforts are underway to locate a third suspect, Henry Njihia, who is considered armed and dangerous.
Constable David Mayaka was fatally shot by three armed robbers in Kayole, Nairobi County, on August 10 while changing a flat tire with his wife. CCTV footage captured the assailants riding by on a motorcycle, opening fire, and injuring Mayaka in the abdomen and his wife, Hellen Kemunto, in the leg.