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A police officer was over the weekend shot dead by unknown assailants as they carried out a raid at a drug and illicit brew den in Athi River, Machakos County.

In a report seen by Nairobi News, the officer identified as Cyrus Mbaka was shot twice in the head leading to his death.

The shooting took place after six police officers under the command of Ms Naomie Kajuju and who included the late had managed to nab seven individuals from the illicit brew den and a woman who was in possession of bhang.

“Suddenly, a motorcyclist carrying three unknown pillion passengers abruptly made a stop near the mabati (iron sheet) makeshift structure before throwing a warning,” the report read in part.

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According to the police, one of the three men shouted to the officers saying “nyinyi mmetuzoea, leo mtatutambua (You have made it a habit to disrupt our business, today you will find out who we are).”

A brief shoot-out then ensued and in the melee, five of the seven who had been arrested managed to escape.

“After the shoot-out, it was established that Mr Mbaka suffered two head gunshot wounds with one entering on the forehead above the left eye and exiting above the head.

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The other bullet entered the left rear side of the head and exited on the right side,” the report further read.

Another officer, Mr Samuel Ng’ang’a suffered a deep cut on the left side of the head above the ear and was rushed to Ruai Family Hospital where he was treated and later discharged.

A total of 12 bullets were discharged by the police officers namely; Salim Iddi, Chemangare Kirui, William Macharia and Joackim Ssungu.

The scene was then visited by top police officers in Athi-River and sleuths attached to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations in Mlolongo, Machakos County.

The body of the deceased was then taken to Kenyatta University Funeral home awaiting an autopsy.

Currently, detectives are pursuing the trio that was on the motorbike.

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