Mombasa, KENYA: A Businessman was shot and seriously injured on Thursday night following an exchange of fire with police within Kizingo area, Mombasa.
According to police, three police officers namely; Abdalla Juma, Moses Onyango and Paul Mwaniki were all in a Tuktuk within Kizingo estate when they encountered a Toyota allion grey in colour, that raised suspicion.
The occupant was flagged off by police but he allegedly defied and sped off with full lights on.
The officers then followed him until he reached a dead end and officer Moses Onyango alighted from the Tuk Tuk, to go and confront the occupant of the car.
He was immediately shot at on the right hand, prompting the other officers to return fire.
Police say the occupant of the said motor vehicle is one Bhavin Shah of Asian origins and was shot on the chest.
Both were rushed to Pandya Memorial hospital where they were admitted and are now undergoing medication.
Confirming the incident to Baraka Fm on Friday, Deputy OCPD Urban police station Patrick Njoroge said the officer’s condition who was shot at is fair, whereas Bhavin is still in the theatre undergoing surgery.
Njoroge added that 9 fired cartridges of 7.62mm calibre and 7 fired cartridges of 9mm calibre were recovered in the incident.
“We are yet to establish how many fired cartridges are for the police and how many are from Bhavin. We shall give more information later on.” Said Njoroge.
The police boss said the car was parked in a suspicious way and when the officers tried to see who the occupants were; the car sped off.
“After some few meters, he turned right and the businessmen started firing at our officers injuring one one them’s right arm,our officers in return also engaged him in a shootout ,” said the police boss.
There were two female occupants during the shootout which police say are yet to be interrogated,but were however not arrested.
Mr Njoroge added that the businessman who is a civilian firearm holder; will be interrogated soon after he gets well.