Police officer in Uasin Gishu locks himself inside house and sets it on fire


Police officer in Uasin Gishu locks himself inside house and sets it on fire

Police in Uasin Gishu County are investigating an incident which a fellow officer committed suicide by locking himself up in the house and setting it on fire in Emkoin village, Turbo sub-County.

According to neighbours, they responded to the Saturday morning incident after noticing smoke emanating from the house but it was a case of too little too late.

Inspector Sammy Chirchir’s last born son reportedly ran to one of the neighbours at around 10 am, informing her of what was happening. It appears that the cop had told his child that he was lighting a mattress to scare away bees.

“When I came over to inquire I found the entire house on fire and when Chirchir noticed me, he started shouting that we leave him alone. He was moving around the house saying he was not in need of any help,” said the distraught neighbour.

Not even the intervention of the Uasin Gishu fire brigade team could save the police officer. Police arrived to collect the remains of their late colleague that were taken to the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) mortuary.

“We tried our best to break into the house but the fire was intense and before he collapsed in the blaze he kept shouting that we leave his compound to let him die in peace,” added another neighbor.

Chirchir’s wife and his first born son had joined their church members for a video shoot leaving him at home alone with the last born. Chirchir had exhibited excessive drinking behaviour in the recent past, according to the neighbours.

The father of two was based in Lodwar and had previously worked at Huruma in Eldoret before his transfer to Turkana County.

Turbo sub-County Police Commander Edward Masibo confirmed the victim was a police officer but added that circumstances surrounding the officer’s suicide are still sketchy as investigation begins.

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