- Patrick Shaw was a revered police reservist known for his vigilante style of policing; shoot-outs, car chases and a long line of criminals who turned up dead after crossing his path.
- According to a piece published by Business Daily, word going around in the 1970s was that Shaw hardly slept and kept watch guarding Nairobi day and night.
Patrick Shaw was a revered police reservist known for his vigilante style of policing; shoot-outs, car chases and a long line of criminals who turned up dead after crossing his path.
According to a piece published by Business Daily, word going around in the 1970s was that Shaw hardly slept and kept watch guarding Nairobi day and night.
For this reason, his trademark vintage Volvo, series 120/121, ivory white in colour had specially fit seats that he would recline and get some shut-eye once in a while when he felt sleepy.
Patrick was feared to the point that everybody knew his registration number by heart – KFH845.
“An aura of fear had built up around him, and he used it to his advantage,” stated a former Nairobi police officer who worked with Shaw for more than 20 years.
Dozens of wanted criminals who heard Shaw was looking for them simply turned themselves in, crippled by the fear that Pat Shaw (his street name) would gun them down.
“If Pat confronted an armed man, he would shoot first – always,” said a longtime police colleague, “And if a man tried to escape, he’d kill him. But that’s it. He never ever shot a captured man.”
One time in 1979, a notorious Ugandan criminal, Walimba, shot Shaw in the shoulder and fled, but Shaw was able to drive himself to the hospital, was treated, and then drove himself home. This is one of the known fetes that make him a legendary police reservist.
“He was absolutely fearless,” stated the security official who knew Shaw well.
The legend succumbed to a weight-related heart attack in 1988.
Despite strinking fear in the hearts of criminals, Shaw had a soft spot for education and worked as an administrator at the Starehe Boys Center.
He was the son of a London doctor. He had migrated to Nairobi in 1955 to work as an agricultural Officer. In 1971 he became a Kenyan citizen.
Funny thing is that with all that weight he was an extra ordinarily blessed athlete on top of being a sharp shooter.
No thug ever wanted a showdown with Pat Shaw.
And there’s a dormitory named Pat Shaw House at Starehe Boys’ Centre in his memory
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