By Ivan Mwine
The Police in Mayuge District on Sunday shot dead a suspect who resisted arrest, fought and tried to disarm officers who had been deployed to arrest him.
The case, which is filed at Mayuge Police Station as Murder by shooting vide Mayuge CRB 775 /2021, was reported by Maganda Ezera, the LC 1 chairperson Miyanzi village, Bugoto parish, Mayuge District.
Maganda said that at around 09:2Am in the morning, while at Musubi landing site, Miyanzi village, Bukabooli subcounty, Mayuge district, No. 32021 Cpl Wandyete, aged 51, the Officer in Charge (OC) Musubi police post and No. 61098 PC Kataba Abdallah, acting on information from a complainant, a one Osako, vide MYG CRB 508/2021, to wit theft of engine boat Yamaha, went to arrest his co-suspect namely Kapere Maka Umar, after the police had recovered the exhibit from Dolwe island and arrested another suspect.
However, when Wandyete arrested Kapere, his brother only identified as Bampalana grabbed OC Wandyete and attempted to grab the gun from him, which prompted the intervention of fellow officers.
When Bampalana grabbed the gun, he removed the magazine and then Kapere grabbed PC Kataba and in the scuffle Wandyete released three bullets; one bullet fatally injured the suspect and the OC on both legs, while the complainant, Osako and another brother of the suspect also sustained injuries.
Kapere died shortly after the scuffle while the other victims were rushed to Nankoma Health Centre IV for medical attention.
The body was later transported by the police to the mortuary at Mayuge Health Centre III for postmortem as investigations continue.
We have established that investigations led by Mayuge DPC Bashir Sibira are already underway and the injured officer has since been transferred to Buluba Hospital for treatment as inquiries into the matter continue.