The Officer in Charge of Molo police post in Molo Sub county in Tororo District has collapsed and died after he allegedly shot one person during a bar fight.
Siraj Tibata died on Monday at about 1am after collapsing at Aqua’s drinking joint situated in Magotes trading centre along Tororo- Mbale road.
Eyewitnesses told this reporter that the officer collapsed and died 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,” Mr John Opio, one of the residents said.
Omaset was reportedly hit by a stray bullet. He was first admitted to Hope clinic before he was transferred to Tororo hospital for better medication.
The residents told Daily Monitor, that Mr Omaset was a friend to the deceased.
Molo Sub County LCIII Chairperson, John Emiriat explained that Tibata was pronounced dead at Hope clinic, where he had been taken.
“We suspect that he died of shock after realizing that he had shot someone,’’ Mr Emiriat, said.
Mr Emiriat describing Tibata as a disciplined officer blamed the residents for not being law abiding.
“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, Mr 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.
Mr Rutagira said no one had been arrested in connection to the officer’s death.