A pistol that was used in the cold-blooded murder of Detective David Mayaka in Kayole, Nairobi had been robbed from an aide to a former Cabinet Secretary.
Police said the pistol that fired the fatal shots, which took Detective Mayaka’s life was recovered on Tuesday morning, August 22 from a slain suspect linked to the murder.
The suspect John Kamau aka Farouk died in a hail of fire after he was cornered by police and defied orders to surrender, opting to shoot at the officers.
The pistol was also recovered.
Preliminary investigations conducted by ballistic experts based at the DCI National Forensic Laboratory have linked the firearm to over five armed robberies staged in Nairobi and Kiambu Counties in the last one year.
The robberies targeted M-pesa outlets in the populous residential areas of Kayole, Buru Buru, Dandora, and Dagoretti.
Detectives have since established that the recovered firearm had been violently robbed from an aide to a former CS in a robbery incident.
During the incident, the aide who was a licensed firearm holder was driving into his compound at around 2 am, when he was accosted by a four-man gang armed with an AK-47 assault riffle and crude weapons including metal bars and machetes.
After ransacking the man’s house, the thugs made away with his pistol from the aide’s safe.
The gang also stole four mobile phones, a mac book, a HP computer and US$3,000. The stolen items have not been recovered.
The Tuesday shooting follows the arrest of one key suspect in the murder, who was apprehended last week in Kikuyu, Kiambu County.
The suspect who was the rider of the motorbike that was used by the thugs on the fateful night was flushed out of his hideout at his grandmother’s compound in Ruthingiti village where he had gone into hiding.
The motorbike, a red Boxer was also impounded. A manhunt for the third suspect who is believed to be armed and dangerous is currently underway, police said.
Mayaka who was based at DCI Makadara was driving home in the company of his wife Kemunto Mayaka on August 8, at around 10 pm when they were accosted by the three-man gang riding on a motorbike.
The officer had stopped his vehicle to change a flat tyre when the thugs struck, in a heart-wrenching scene that was captured by CCTV cameras mounted at an adjacent building.
Meanwhile, a police officer who was injured in the confrontation on Tuesday is recuperating at a city hospital in stable condition.
He was shot in the left thigh, Nairobi police boss Adamson Bungei said.