Authorities are investigating circumstances under which a police officer was shot dead by his colleagues in a botched chase on a motorist in Ngong, Kajiado County.

Corporal Fanuel Abongo was shot in the ribs by his colleague and succumbed to his injuries on Saturday night during an operation at a weighbridge on Ngong-Suswa Road.

The officer behind the shooting was arrested amid a probe into the scuffle.

Officials said a team of officers manning a mobile weighbridge on Ngong-Suswa Road came across a lorry that carrying sand, which they suspected had broken the law by overloading.

The officers claimed the driver refused to stop when flanked down, which prompted a brief chase and confrontation using a pickup.

It was in the process that the driver of the said lorry reversed hitting the pickup, which carried at least three police officers.

This prompted one of the officers, a female to accidentally discharge her AK47 rifle hitting Abongo in the ribs.

The driver of the lorry has denied the claims.

The lorry was detained.

Meanwhile, at least two people were last night injured in a fire incident in Southlands slums, Langata.

About 50 houses were burnt down in the incident leaving tens of people homeless. Police say they are yet to know the cause of the fire that spread fast from one structure to the other flattening them.

There was a challenge in accessing the site which took longer for the fire engines to arrive there. Such incidents are common in informal settlement areas amid calls for the construction of more roads to enhance response in case of emergency.

In another criminal case, detectives are looking for robbery with violence suspects who were lucky to escape the wrath of irate villagers of Toa Tugawe village, in Kisauni Mombasa, yesterday.

The suspects who escaped with multiple injuries were part of a gang that had staged a robbery in the village and left with valuables of unknown value, after breaking into the house of one Kennedy Chogo who raised alarm alerting locals.

One suspect was lynched in the incident while his accomplice managed to escape on foot in the 4 am incident.

Detectives are following crucial leads following the incident, with the view of arresting the suspects who escaped with the valuables.

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