A nationwide search is underway in Kenya for a “rogue, armed and dangerous” policewoman after she allegedly killed two people and went on the run.
Corporal Caroline Kangogo has been missing since Monday when she is believed to have killed fellow officer John Ogweno in the western town of Nakuru.
She is then thought to have travelled more than 100 miles to lure another man, Peter Ndwiga Njiru, into a hotel room where she allegedly shot him in the head.
Ms Kangogo has a reputation as a sharpshooter, according to local media reports, and is thought to have also stolen a loaded Ceska pistol from the murdered officer, providing her with extra ammunition.
Men in particular should be “on the lookout”, according to Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti, as the suspect is “luring men into her trap before executing them in cold blood.”
He has appealed to the public to help apprehend the policewoman who he said is “rogue, armed and dangerous.”
Senior police officers have said they are scared about who might be next and several have gone into hiding after receiving threatening messages from Kangogo, according to local media.
She is also reported to have sent death threats to her estranged husband, who is a senior police officer in Mombasa, Kenya’s second largest city, and father to their two children.
Despite widespread coverage of the case, Ms Kangogo has so far evaded capture.
Security forces initially believed she had surrendered in Nakuru on Tuesday but later learned the report was falsified by Ms Kangogo to throw the police off her trail, according to local reports.
The fugitive also left her phone at the scene of the first murder making it difficult to locate her, authorities say.
The motives behind the alleged murders are not yet clear.
Local media reported some of her colleagues saying that she was a party animal and would often frequent bars in Nakuru, sometimes with known criminals.
“She is social though quick to anger,” said a fellow police officer.
Other reports suggested she has faced challenges with work and family.
Ms Kangogo had been working in the Railway Police Unit of the Kenya Police Service before she moved to Nakuru almost three years ago.
Her parents have appealed to their daughter to turn herself in, saying “we all want to know what happened and to avoid more bloodshed.”