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Serere: Police Officer Shoots Dead Fisherman, Locals Set Police Post Ablaze

Police in Serere district are investigating a case of murder by shooting vide CRB 009/2021 where a special police constable identified as Oluka Henry Stanley attached to Omugaramba police post shot dead a civilian identified as Omuron Cocas.

The deceased fisherman was based at Omugaramba Landing site around Lake Kyoga in Serere District.

A report from the area spokesperson ASP David Ongom, indicates that this incident happened on January 4, 2021 at around 10 pm when the area local defence secretary notified the police of a group of people who were playing loud music, dancing and drinking in one of the bars around the landing site.

“SPC Oluja Henry Stanley immediately responded to the call, armed with an SMG rifle No. UG POL 563680604-1192. While at the scene, he was allegedly confronted by a group of people who were drunk, prompting him to discharge bullets that hit Omuron Cocas through the left-hand side of the ribs killing him instantly,” ASP Ongom told ChimpReports on Tuesday.

Shortly after the incident, the report further states, the locals reportedly charged towards the police post and burnt stationery facilities including personal belongings at the residences of the police officers attached to the post.

The team from CPS Serere was informed who responded and neutralized the situation.

Police condemned this incident, the act of uprofessionalism and unreasonable force of using live bullets by the officer against unarmed civilians as well as the act of confrontation with police officers on duty by members of the public through violence and resistance to lawful orders.

The Police officer is currently under arrest to help with investigations though he is still under medical attention at Soroti regional referral hospital after getting involved in a serious accident while fleeing the scene.

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The body of the deceased is still at Serere Health Center IV pending postmortem and  inquiries.

 

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