Crime

Police arrest own officer for shooting suspect dead

Eliab Ndebesa, who is attached to Kitagata police station is said to have shot dead a 27-year-old Eliot Kabangira, a resident of Bubare 1 Rutooma Kitagata.

Martial Tumusiime, the Greater Bushenyi Police spokesperson,

SHEEMA DISTRICT, UGANDA: Police in Sheema district have arrested a police officer accused of shooting and killing a suspect.

Eliab Ndebesa, who is attached to Kitagata police station is said to have shot dead a 27-year-old Eliot Kabangira, a resident of Bubare 1 Rutooma Kitagata.

Martial Tumusiime, the Greater Bushenyi Police spokesperson, says the deceased’s father, Charles Kahuhe filed a case of threatening violence at Kitagata police station on Tuesday evening.

In his complaint, Kahuhe claimed that the deceased had threatened to kill him, his sibling and their casual labourer.

According to Tumusiime, on Wednesday morning Ndebesa and another police officer he didn’t mention went to arrest the suspect.

He resisted arrest and turned violent. He later ran into the house prompting one of the officers to pursue him.

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Tumusiime explains that the suspect locked up the officer in the house and picked up a machete he used to attack Ndebesa who had remained outside. This prompted Ndebesa to shot him in the head killing him instantly.

According to Tumusiime, the officer is currently being held for murder as investigations are ongoing.

The deceased’s father, Charles Kahuhe, says his son was mentally ill but had started showing signs of recovery until when he fought with their worker.

“He was beating everyone and also wanted to kill me, but police never came last night until this morning when they came to arrest him but he wanted to cut them with a panga,” he said.

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