YET ANOTHER SHOOTING: UPDF Officer Shot Dead by Police officer

Mbarara UPDF officer killed by police officer

A Uganda Police Force (UPF) officer has shot dead an officer of the national army the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) in the western Uganda city of Mbarara.

The UPF officer was attached to the Field Force Unit. The shooting happened at the Mbarara Police Barracks on the evening of Friday, May 19, 2023.

The shooting was already under investigation and UPF was expected to release more details shortly.

Statement on Mbarara Shooting incident |Polly Namaye, Deputy Police Spokesperson

The Territorial Police in Mbarara is actively investigating a case of shooting that happened today 19th May 2023 at about 1800hrs.

It is reported that a police officer identified as NO.50158 PC Opio Charles attached to the Field Force Unit (FFU) Mbarara, shot and killed CPL Yeremiah Paper, a UPDF Officer attached to Ruhengyere Engineering Brigade at Police/ Prison Cell at the residence of FFU opposite bank of Uganda Mbarara branch.

Preliminary findings indicate that the duo had a misunderstanding that led to the Shooting. We have arrested the suspect and he is being held at CPS Mbarara while the gun suspected to have been used in the murder has been recovered and exhibited.

The body of the deceased has been conveyed to Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital for postmortem.

We shall give more updates on the progress of the investigation in due course.

We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.

The incident adds to the already growing concern of cases of gun violence in the country. Nearly 10 people have been killed in shootings across the country in just two weeks.

Those killed included junior labour minister Col (Rtd) Charles Engola who was shot dead by his bodyguard; vlogger Isma Olaxes, and an Indian money lender who was shot by a police officer who has since refused to apologize for the shooting. (See Details Here, There and Over There).

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