Police boss collapses and dies after shooting local residents

There was Panic and confusion as Officer in Charge of Molo police post in Molo Sub-county in Tororo District collapsed and died after he allegedly shot one person during a bar brawl.

The officer identified as Siraj Tibata died on Monday at about 1:00 am after collapsing at Aqua’s drinking joint located at Magotes trading center along Tororo- Mbale road.

According to the residents, the officer collapsed and died instantly at the scene after realizing that he had shot one of the civilians during the fight.

“Tibata had led other officers to the drinking joint to contain the chaos but during the fracas, he accidentally shot one Dominic Omaset. Shortly, he collapsed and died under unclear circumstances,”
 one of the residents said.

According to police, the injured was hit by a stray bullet and  was rushed to nearby clinic called  Hope clinic  from where  he was reffered to Tororo hospital for better medication.

Residents said  that Tibata was rushed to the same clinic but was  pronounced dead  on arrival in what they think is a result of shock.

“We suspect that he died of shock after realizing that he had shot someone,’’ John Emiriat, an area LC3 chairman said.

According to Amiriat, the local where rowdy and unruly hence causing the incident.

“They provoked police officers to fire bullets. This is very wrong and unacceptable. We have to be law-abiding citizens,” he said.

The District Police Commander, John Rutagira Musimenta confirmed the death and said investigations were underway to establish facts of the case.
‘’As a family of police, we are bereaved. We have, however, initiated investigations to establish the cause of his death,” he said.
Rutagira said no one had been arrested in connection to the officer’s death.

Uganda Police has in the past been blamed for using excessive forces especially when dealing with unarmed civilians.
One resident who asked not to be named said the the situation had not run out of hand and there was no need to use live ammunitions.
"They should have used teargas or rubber bullets, what was happening here was just normal fights that wouldn't require shooting like they did," he said.

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