A suspected gangster was on Tuesday gunned down by unknown people in Meru town near Meru National Polytechnic.
Confirming the incident, Imenti North police boss Alexander Makau said they suspected that the deceased was a criminal considering that a magazine full of ammunition was recovered in a vehicle that he was driving.
“There was a shooting incident today at around 3pm along Meru-Nanyuki Road where one person coming from Nanyuki headed to Meru town was shot and lost control of the vehicle.
After dusting the vehicle, police were able to recover a magazine full of ammunition,” said Mr Makau.
Though not revealing those who shot the man dead, Mr Makau said police had previously received some intelligence report that there were armed robbers within Meru Township and they have been following them.
“The multiagency team is still on the ground and working hard to bring all the criminals to book,” said Mr Makau.
He said his officers were alert and holding the ground strong to ensure Meru town was safe for residents who wish to carry out their businesses in peace.
Mr Makau added that officers from the directorate of criminal investigations were also working on the magazine and other recovered items to identify the deceased.
“The matter is under investigations and by the end of the day we will be able to tell who the deceased was and whether he was among the criminals that are on our radar,” Mr Makau said.
Mr Martin Bundi, the head of bodaboda operators near Meru national polytechnic said there was a shootout between the deceased and his pursuers before they finally managed to gun him down.
The number of criminals in Meru town including those armed with guns has been on the rise, as well as muggers who have instilled fear to the residents including traders in Gakoromone market.