A police constable has shot dead his colleague and a Local Defense Unit (LDU) personnel before committing suicide.
Deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, said constable Ojilong Ben attached to Bunamwaya Community police station killed Corporal Opito Alex and another an unidentified LDU officer.
Owoyesigyire said Ojilong had a heated argument with Opito on how to proceed with a certain case. In that process, Ojilong picked a gun and shot Opito several times killing him instantly.
“One LDU personnel that was passing by was seriously wounded in the process. Ojilong later committed suicide by shooting. The LDU that had sustained injuries was pronounced dead on arrival at Kitebi health centre,” Owoyesigyire said.
Kampala Metropolitan South responded to the scene and is currently actively investigating the incident. The gun and cartridges have been recovered, bodies have also been taken to city mortuary at Mulago hospital.
One eyewitness, Maria Namafulo Twahib, said at around 2 pm she saw Ojilong standing outside the police station shedding tears. Namafulo says that she inquired from Ojilong why he was crying, but he instead asked her to write down his contacts.
“He told me in case of anything, I should inform his people. Minutes after I had left him outside the police station, I heard gunshots and I didn’t know what had happened to Ojilong,” Namafulo said.
Shamim Nnabagereka, head of Women Council at Bunamwaya zone, said when she was going to the nearby trading centre, she saw Opito standing at the entrance of the station wearing striped shirt looking puzzled.
“After few minutes later, I saw an LDU food truck arriving at the station. An LDU officer jumped out the truck and he entered the police station and he seems to have attempted to save the situation and he was also shot,” Nnabagereka said.
At least 17 cartridges were picked at the scene.