Residents mill around a crime scene. PHOTO/PRESS POINT

A 35-year-old police officer in Maara Sub County Tharaka Nithi County slit his throat with a sharp panga before hanging himself in a neighbour’s house.

Confirming the horrible incident, Maara Sub County Police Commander, Mr Mohammed Jarso said the deceased, Bruce Mwenda Kibaara who was attached to Nguruki police post could have been suffering from depression.

“The officer terminated his own life by hanging according to the initial reports but we have launched investigations,” said Mr Jarso.

The officer entered the home of an 83-year-old Philis Nkinga, took a panga and threatened to hack them before slitting his throat and then committing suicide inside a small house.

Residents said the middle-aged officer had been sickly for a long time.

The body was taken to Chuka County Referral Hospital mortuary.

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