Kilifi, KENYA: Police in Mtwapa, Kilifi county on Thursday killed one suspected robber and wounded three others.
Three other suspects were also arrested in the Monday 10 pm incident.
Coast region police boss Larry Kiyeng told Baraka FM on phone that the three suspects injured, are admitted at Coast General hospital under police supervision.
He said the suspect shot dead had tried to rob a gun from a police officer who was on patrol , before he was fatally injured.
Locals and police officers on the ground in Kilifi however disputed claims that the slain suspect was a robber saying he was a water vendor, and was hit by a stray bullet from police officers during a scuffle involving police, a mob and a gang of suspected robbers.
Kiyeng said a mob was chasing some suspects from Mtwapa area, when they bumped into police officers who were in patrol prompting a scuffle.
The three are being held at Kilifi police station as they assist police with investigations.
“Our officers arrested three suspects, other three who were injured are receiving treatment at Coast General hospital,” said the police boss.
He said the suspects will be arraigned in court and charged with obstructing police officers from perfoming their duties.