The territorial police in Soroti City says it is “actively investigating” the alleged murder by shooting of its officer named Sgt Gideon Emuria and the theft of his gun.
According to East Kyoga regional police spokesperson Oscar Ageca, on November 30 at around 7pm, Sgt Emuria was attacked and shot dead by unknown assailants, at Maroon quarters, while heading for his guard duties at the residence of Justice Alex Makayi Ajiji, of Gulu High Court.
Ageca confirmed that the assailants escaped from the scene with Emuria’s gun.
“Our standby and rapid teams responded to the incident and cordoned off the scene, which was thoroughly documented. We in addition, reviewed the facts surrounding the incident and a serious manhunt for the suspects has already began, based on the available leads,” added Ageca.
Police described Emuria as a dedicated officer.
“At this moment, the IGP and the entire police fraternity, mourn the loss of Sgt. Emuria, who had dedicated his life to serving the public. Our thoughts and prayers go to his immediate family, friends and relatives,” read a statement from Uganda Police.
“Guard duties are one of the cardinal functions of the police, and there is absolutely, no reason for such senseless acts of violence against officers. Although the motive of the assailants is not yet determined, we believe this was a targeted murder.”
The Force insisted it would catch the assailants soon.
“We want to assure the public that we are doing everything within our means to identify the suspects for arrest. All persons involved will be held accountable and brought to justice,” said the East Kyoga spokesperson.
“You must all remember that the suspects are armed and dangerous, the public is warned against approaching them. They are instead advised to ring the police 112 or 999 for any information that can lead to the recovery of the gun and arrest of the culprits.”
PRO EAST KYOGA REGION