A General Service Unit officer attached to Interior CS Fred Matiangi’s office has died in a shooting incident alongside his wife, who was a traffic officer.
Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai said preliminary investigation showed that the GSU officer, Hudson Wakise, shot and killed his wife, Pauline, before turning the gun on himself on Tuesday evening.
Mr Mutyambai said the couple may have had a domestic quarrel before the shooting incident.
“Wakise, who had been off duty since April 1, reported back to work on April 6 but left at 3 pm and went home near the GSU camp in Ruaraka,” said Mr Mutyambai.
Following the incident, Dr Matiang’i said he was saddened by the tragedy.
“They were both young and vibrant police officers, with all their brilliant future ahead of them, now tragically ended in their shocking deaths,” said the CS.
He added, “A very rude awakening to possible psychosocial challenges amongst some of our young officers that we have no choice but to now pay greater attention to.”
Sources said the couple had been living together inside the GSU camp, but Pauline moved out on Saturday to a new house near the camp.
They had argued over the move by Pauline to move out of the GSU camp.
Their two children aged five and two survived the tragic incident.
Witnesses said Wakise arrived home at about 9 pm and found his wife taking supper and an argument over her decision to move out arose.
He then left and went out before walking back and shot the woman in the chest eight times.
He turned the gun on his chin bursting his head.
Police turned the case to murder and suicide and declared it closed for now.
Such murder and suicide incidents are on the rise in the service.
They are blamed on work-related trauma.