Three suspected poachers were shot dead by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers at Tsavo West National Park following a fierce exchange of fire Sunday night.
One of those killed was later identified as a KWS fence attendant who used to work at the Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary.
According to KWS assistant director Robert Obrein, rangers who were on patrol spotted a car moving towards the rhino sanctuary from a distance.
The vehicle dropped four people in the park and then the driver sped off.
When the rangers ordered them to surrender, one of the suspects fired at them sparking a fierce gun battle.
In the ensuing exchange of fire, the rangers shot dead three people while one managed to escape.
Mr Obrein said the officers identified one of the dead as a KWS worker who used to work at the rhino sanctuary.
He added that they recovered a 303-rifle, an axe, three pangas, three samples of poisonous liquid, three pineapples and four loaves of bread.