Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Kenyan police officer shoots self dead, depression fingered

A 32-year-old police officer attached to Nyamarambe Police Station in Gucha South, Kisii County, Kenya on Tuesday morning (February 25) shot himself dead after arriving at his workplace.

Rodgers Arusei fired a bullet into his chest shortly after arriving at work. The 6:30am incident happened at the station’s reporting desk.

Kisii County Police Commander, Jebel Munene, told K24 Digital that they were yet to establish the cause of Arusei’s suicidal ideation, given he “hadn’t exhibited any signs of depression”.

Other police officers who were away from the reporting desk heard a gunshot sound, and upon rushing to the scene, they found Arusei lying unconscious on the floor, with blood gushing from his chest.

Arusei’s body was taken to a Kisii hospital mortuary. Investigations into his death have begun, says county police boss, Munene.

“He was a very hard-working police officer, who related well with members of the community that he was part of,” said Munene.

Residents who knew Arusei, however, said of late he had been going through episodes of depression, which came to a head on Monday evening (February 24).

Jacqueline Bochere, who did Arusei’s laundry at a fee, told K24 Digital that the Late police constable “appeared disturbed yesterday (Monday), when I went to his house to wash his clothes”.

“He asked me so many questions that suggested he was depressed,” Bochere said.