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Suspect in viral shooting of DCI officer in Kayole arrested

Police detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) arrested a main suspect on Tuesday, August 15, 2023, in connection with the killing of their fellow officer, David Mayaka.

The suspect, Alex Wanjiru, was captured by investigators from the Crime Research unit in Rugithingi, Kiambu County. He had been hiding there after the incident.

David Mayaka was on his way home with his wife, Ms Kemunto Mayaka, when the attackers shot at them. Mayaka had stopped his vehicle to fix a flat tire when the presumed robbers approached them.

According to a statement from the DCI, the police conducted an operation that spanned several days before finally apprehending the suspect.

“In a stealth operation mounted by sleuths from the elite Crime Research & Intelligence Bureau based at the DCI Nairobi regional command, the miscreant was flushed out of his hideout in Ruthingiti, Kiambu County,” the statement by the DCI read in part.

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The suspect, who is currently in police custody, allegedly committed the crime in the Kayole area before taking refuge at his grandmother’s residence.

The investigators also successfully seized a motorcycle that the perpetrators had used on the night of the incident; its registration number is KMGJ 350V.

“This follows a comprehensive analysis of the evidence that placed the suspect and his accomplices at the scene of the incident, precisely at the time of the murder,” the DCI statement further explained.

Additionally, a firearm utilized in the fatal shooting of the DCI officer has been recovered, and it has been linked to other criminal activities within the city.

Detectives are still pursuing two more suspects, identified as Henry Njihia and John Kamau, also known as Faruk, who is believed to be armed with a Glock pistol.

Nairobi News has established that the duo is in hiding within Ruiru and Thika within Kiambu County.

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