The police in Adjumani Tuesday evening at around 4:00pm responded to a distress call to rescue a suspected boda boda thief that was being lynched by wanainchi.
The police at Pekele police post that responded met a violent mob that were determined to kill the suspected thief.
Police spokesperson, SSP Emilian Kayima, said in the attempt to rescue the suspected thief, the police were attacked and in the process, an officer shot in the air in self-defense.
“Unfortunately, the stray bullet hit and instantly killed a resident we are yet to identify.”
The suspected thief was rescued, rushed to Adjumani main station and the mob followed in an attempt to grab him from the police and kill him.
They even attempted to set fire on the motorcycles parked at the Police but police repulsed them, without any serious incident.
Unfortunately, the violent mob descended on a police officer returning from duty and badly assaulted him.
He is identified as PC Byamukama and has been rushed to Adjuman Hospital for medical attention in critical condition.
“The officer who shot has been arrested to help in our investigations so as to establish whether the use of force in that arrest was excessive or otherwise,” Kayima said.
“The Uganda Police Force regrets the death of the resident in this fracas. The police will find those responsible and bring them to book accordingly.”
He said the situation at Adjumani police station is now calm and fully controlled.