A police officer attached to Tajar Anti-Stock Theft Unit (ASTU) in Tajar village, Tajar Parish in Kamutur Sub-county, Bukedea District, has been arrested for shooting dead two suspects who resisted arrest.
According to, Mr Michael Odongo, the police spokesperson for East Kyoga, the incident happened on Saturday as Mr James Loduk, attempted to arrest the two deceased persons on accusations of assault.
He said that the assault case was reported to the ASATU unit by Ms Harriet Namaye, who accused the two for assaulting her.
“The officer had gone to conduct an arrest but the lead suspect Geoffrey Wepukhulu attacked him and attempted to grab the gun, that’s when he got shot,” Mr Odongo said.
He added: “This incident attracted more villagers to pursue the armed officer and about 300 metres away from the first scene, Loduk opened fire again at the angry mob killing another person instantly.”
Mr Odongo confirmed that they have opened a murder case against the officer under CRB 328/2018, adding that the bodies of the deceased persons were taken to Bukedea Health Center IV for post-mortem as the police organise to meet burial expenses.
He said that after the futile chase against the killer officer, the mob withdrew and bunt properties that included a motorcycle Reg. No. UED 564Z, food and five houses belonging to the complainants family.
He blamed residents for resisting arrests and attacking officers on duty, saying in July last year an army officer wrestled down a police officer on duty killing him instantly.
The Kamutur Sub-county LC3 chairperson, Mr Jackson Ojekede, said that he was yet to confirm the reason behind the killing of the two suspects at the hands of Anti-Stock Theft Unit (ASTU) officer in Tajar village.
He said he was availed with the identities of the dead as Geoffrey Wepukhulu, 33, and Iddi Makomer.