Omoro, Uganda | URN | Sergeant Christopher Okot Bruce, the Officer-in-Charge of Opit police post in Omoro district has been arrested for shooting dead a reveler and injuring another.
Okot reportedly shot dead Emmanuel Olanya,16, a pupil of Opit Primary School, and injured Simon Okema (25), from Opit town council following a scuffle in a bar over a girl.
It is said that the officer intervened to calm the situation but met resistance prompting him to open fire.
Innocent Okello, an eyewitness says that the incident happened at around 4:00 am on Boxing Day in front of Corner House Night Club where revelers were merrymaking. Okello explained that the lone officer sighted the rowdy crowd and met resistance when he tried to disperse them.
He says that the officer who looked drunk opened fire at the youth killing one instantly and injuring another. Both the victims are residents of Lomolo village. The girl and the other onlookers fled the scene in disarray following the shooting.
David Ongom Mudong, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson says that police responded to the scene and recovered two cartridges, and a gun registration number UG POL. 56-131002705-16007 with 24 bullets.
He said that the officer has been arrested and is being detained at Omoro Central Police Station where a case of murder by shooting is being investigated vide CRB 25278/2022. The deceased’s body is lying at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital where the injured is also receiving treatment.