Police officer arrested after 10-year-old son shoots himself dead
A police inspector stationed in Juja police station has been arrested after his 10-year-old son accidentally shot and killed himself with his gun.
The officer, who has been identified as Constable Sammy Kiprop, has been arrested for negligence following the incident that occurred last Saturday.
According to police report, the young boy was playing with his father’s Jericho pistol which was loaded with 14 rounds of ammunition at their Embakasi home when he accidentally shot himself.
Richard Omanga of the Kenya Airports Police Unit said Constable Kiprop had left the gun unattended at his bedside drawer.
“It is believed that the son took the firearm and shot himself while playing with it,” said Omanga.
A spent cartridge of a 9mm bullet was recovered at the scene where the minor shot himself.
Some of the officer’s colleagues rushed to the scene after they heard gunshots and found the boy lying in a pool of blood.
The child was rushed to Bliss Hospital within Embakasi area where he was pronounced dead.
“The scene was processed by scenes of crime personnel and body moved to City mortuary awaiting postmortem,” the police boss said.