MITYANA, UGANDA: Police in Mityana District are investigating circumstances under which one of their officers died near his home in the wee hours of Saturday morning.
The deceased, identified as Inspector of Police (IP) Patrick Nuwagaba was the Officer in Charge of Kakindu Police Station in the district.
According to reports, Nuwagaba is said to have died at around 2 am in what authorities believe is a suspicious car accident. His body was found near one of the front tyres of his car and about 500 metres from his home at Mayirye Village in Kakindu Sub County, Mityana District.
“His car was involved in a suspicious accident. His body was found outside the car with a wound on the head. His gun was found near the body,” said the Wamala region police spokesperson, Ms Rachel Kawala.
Ms Kawala said the postmortem report will help detectives establish whether IP Nuwagaba was shot or his death was caused by the “suspicious car accident.”
IP Nuwagaba was reportedly travelling from a wedding ceremony, about a kilometer away from where he died.
Some locals told this reporter that they heard gunshots at around 2 am when the officer is believed to have died.
“It was about 2am when bullet sounds woke me up from sleep. I remained in the house but moments later, I heard people screaming outside that the O/C was dead,” a neighbor told this reporter on condition of anonymity.
A police detective who also asked not to be named because he’s not authorized to speak to the media said they didn’t find any bloodstains in the deceased’s car.
“His body had a wound on the chin. We also found some shells near the body,” the officer said.