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Kisumu police charged for attempted murder

A Kisumu police officer who shot and grazed her husband’s head faced attempted murder charges before a Kisumu court.

35-year-old Maureen Awuor purportedly shot her husband after he failed to answer her call. She was charged on Tuesday before senior resident magistrate Fatuma Rashid at Winam law courts.

Maureen, an officer attached to the Critical Infrastructure Protection Unit (CIPU) headquarters in Kisumu, committed the crime on Sunday, July 5, in Dago area.

The victim, 28-year-old Victor Odhiambo, works as a clinical officer at Milimani Hospital in Kisumu.

She was released on Sh500,000 bail or 2 million bond after pleading not guilty. The police report reveals that Maureen returned home from duty at the DCCs office in Kasagam and found her husband watching television.

A quarrel ensued afterward, where Maureen blamed the husband for giving their house help Sh 50 for lunch and failing to pick her calls.

“She stood armed at the door with her AK47 rifle. Later, She issued Odhiambo with death threats and kill herself, she cocked the gun, shot twice at him injuring him on the right side of the head above the ear,” read the report.

When neighbors rushed at the scene of the incident, Mrs. Awuor threatened to shoot all of them. She disappeared, taking her firearm to a colleague at the station.

Neighbors and well-wishers rushed the victim to the Kisumu county and referral hospital, where he received treatment and discharged in good condition.

The police report further reads that the two have been married for three years and have a one-year-old boy.

On Monday, the police commander Ranson Lolmodoni confirmed the arrest of Maureen, who was accused in court on Tuesday.

Kisumu East DCI boss Thomas Simbiri and Kasagam OCS visited the scene of the crime while crime officers processed the area.

The firearm remains in the station as an exhibit amid ongoing investigations from detectives. The case will be mentioned on July 21 ahead of hearing on September 9.

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