A statement from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), indicated that the suspects sustained injuries from the gunshots and a beating from irate boda boda riders.
The duo is recuperating at a city hospital after their botched mission with DCI stating that the suspects defied orders to stop after robbing the undercover officer.
In the statement, the DCI explained that detectives opened fire and the criminals were each shot on their legs to restrain them but they braved the injuries and fled towards Ruaraka.
“The two thugs whose lives hang in the balance are currently receiving treatment at a city hospital, as Starehe based detectives wait for their discharge to slap them with appropriate charges, in strict conformity to the law,” the DCI’s statement read in part.
According to the DCI, the two suspects were robbing motorists and residents along Thika Road when they snatched the mobile phone from the undercover police officer, who was driving a civilian vehicle.
“The robbery suspects who were shamelessly snatching mobile phones from motorists at the Allsopps interchange last evening met chief inspector Elizabeth Lumumba in her element after snatching a mobile phone from her driver Corporal Hassan Mbwana.
“The suspects proceeded to rob other motorists of their valuables, taking advantage of the traffic build-up that is characteristic of the interchange during rush hours. But in a case of the hunter becoming the hunted, Elizabeth attached to DCIâ€™s Anti Narcotics branch and a fellow agent on the back seat jumped from the vehicle, whipped out their firearms and fired two shots at the thugs after they defied orders to stop,” the DCI stated.
When motorists saw the police officers chasing the gang they also got out of their vehicles and gave chase. Luckily boda boda riders waylaid the criminals and the detectives were able to arrest them.
“This attracted the attention of other motorists who emboldened by the presence of the sleuths equally leapt out of their vehicles and joined in the chase, oblivious of the danger they had exposed themselves to.
“Torn between urging the motorists to remain in their vehicles or pursuing the suspects, Elizabeth chose the latter since the crowd had been joined by irate â€˜nduthiâ€™ men who cornered the thugs a few metres away,” the DCI added.
According to the DCI, the mob overpowered the police and the boda boda riders beat up the suspects who sustained injuries on the face.
“Pleas by the two detectives to let the law take its course fell on deaf ears, as the â€˜nduthiâ€™ men continued with their onslaught accusing the thugs of soiling their good reputation by using motorbikes to commit crimes.
“It took the intervention of the Officer Commanding Ruaraka police station and a contingent of his officers to calm the infuriated crowd and rescue the suspects, from their moment of death that had already beckoned,” the DCI narrated.