A police officer attached to the elite Presidential Escort Unit was found dead at his house inside a General Service Unit (GSU) camp located in Juja, Kiambu County.
Constable Samuel Ngatia, a member of Deputy President William Ruto’s security squad, died on Monday morning after shooting himself in the head.
The motive is still unknown but authorities are already probing the matter.
He was alone in the house within the General Service Unit’s Recce squad camp along Kenyatta Road at the time of the incident Monday morning.
He used his pistol to blow up his head and preliminary findings show the bullet entered on the right side and exited on the left side, officials who visited the scene said.
Police say they are investigating to establish what caused his move. A Jericho pistol loaded with 13 bullets, a Trevor Sub Machine Gun with two magazines loaded with 30 bullets were found in the house.
Police also recovered two spent cartridges and one bullet head before the body was moved to the mortuary.
Ngatia, 35, had two children. He had apparently separated from his wife two years ago, a family friend said.
“He did not look stressed when we met last Friday and we are waiting for word from the police on the incident,” said a close family member.
A team of detectives from Thika and Juja are investigating the incident. Efforts by Kisasa News to reach Police Spokesperson Bruno Shioso for more details were futile as calls went unanswered.
The incident comes against the backdrop of the government’s efforts to curb cases of suicide and police officers targeting colleagues.