A police officer accused in the shooting of a US Embassy employee in Kiambu will be kept in detention for 14 days. Investigating officer Reuben Mwaniki, from the DCI homicide unit, requested more time to finish his investigation.

Mwaniki informed the Kiambu law courts, presided over by senior principal magistrate Wanjiru Nganga, that they were investigating the murder of Anthony Njomo Kiono, a 35-year-old US embassy employee. Kiono was fatally shot outside a club in Kiambu town on May 26, 2024.

It was revealed in court that the suspect did not report the incident until he was arrested.

According to Mwaniki’s affidavit, the deceased was at the bar when he was shot. The crime scene was documented by the Crime Scene Investigation unit in Kiambu, and a spent cartridge was recovered.

The suspect, identified as a police officer, was captured on CCTV allegedly involved in altercations with other club-goers. He was apprehended on May 28, 2024, in Kiambu town following a summons by the county police commander.

The investigating team sought the suspect’s continued detention because the recovered firearm had missing parts crucial to the investigation, believed to be the murder weapon.

The suspect has yet to undergo a mental assessment to determine his fitness for trial. Fingerprinting and statement recording are also planned.

Additionally, the investigating team plans to charge the suspect and two other individuals currently in custody. Three more suspects are being pursued by the authorities.

Earlier, a Kiambu court granted DCI investigating officer Peter Kingawi 10 days to finalize investigations involving Nason Kiteme Kangalia and Joseph Njenga Gitau, also suspects in the case. The altercation reportedly began inside the club between two groups, one promoting a musician’s music and the other leading to a confrontation between Kiteme’s group and Njenga. Bouncers from both groups, allegedly armed, were involved in the dispute.