Uasin Gishu: Police officer locks himself in his house, sets it on fire
Published on: December 12, 2021 03:24 (EAT)
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- Neighbours who responded to the Saturday morning tragedy said they were alarmed by billowing smoke coming from the victim’s house.
- One of the neighbours said Inspector Sammy Chirchir’s last born son informed her that his father had lit mattresses in their house to scare away bees.
Police in Uasin Gishu County are investigating an incident in which a fellow officer committed suicide by locking himself up in his house and setting it ablaze from the
inside in Emkoin village, Turbo sub-county.
Neighbours who responded to the Saturday morning tragedy said they
were alarmed by billowing smoke coming from the
victim’s house but it was a little too late when they got to the scene.
One of the neighbours said
Inspector Sammy Chirchir’s last born son came to her house on Saturday at
around 10 a.m. to inform her that his father had lit
mattresses in their house to scare away bees.
“When I came over to inquire I found the entire house on
fire and when Chirchir noticed me, he started shouting that we leave him alone.
He was moving around the house saying he was not in
need of any help,” she said.
It took the intervention of the Uasin Gishu fire brigade
team to put off the fire before police arrived to collect the remains of their
“We tried our best to break into the house but the fire was
intense and before he collapsed in the blaze he kept shouting that we leave his
compound to let him die in peace,” added another neighbour.
Chirchir’s wife and his first born
son had joined their church members for a video shoot leaving him at home alone.
The father of two was based in
Lodwar and had previously worked at Huruma in Eldoret before his transfer to
Turbo sub-county Police Commander Edward Masibo confirmed
the incident saying circumstances surrounding the officer’s
suicide are still sketchy.