Fugitive cop Caroline Kangogo is dead, Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya has confirmed.
According to Natembeya, Kangogo died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds to the head at her parents’ home in Anin, Elgeyo Marakwet.
The death of Kangogo ends a two-week search for the police officer that has evaded an elite unit crafted by the Directorate of Criminal Investigation to hunt her down.
By Friday last week, detectives from the Elite DCI Special Service Unit (SSU) were roped into the search for the policewoman after the initial plan between the DCI and a city lawyer to present her to police flopped.
The search for her whereabouts had been scaled down to allow her to surrender with her family also having pleaded with her to turn herself in at the nearest police station.
Officers from the Criminal Intelligence and Research Bureau (CRIB) were brought on board.
A special team comprising officers from CRIB and SSU was sent from DCI headquarters to Kagongo’s rural home in Elgeyo Marakwet, and Kisii where she was believed to be hiding.
The investigators’ work was delayed by the fact that the officer had dumped her known cellphone.
The police have, however, reiterated that it is yet to be proven that Kangogo actually shot and killed the two men.
“It is still not clear if Kangogo actually carried out the shooting or not. She was only a suspect and a person of interest because of the evidence found linking her to the scene.
Her being at large sent fears and panic among civilians as witnessed in Trans Nzoia County where a licensed firearm holder allegedly shot a woman in the abdomen after “mistaking” her for Kangogo on July 8.