Police in Mubende are investigating the circumstances under which a police officer allegedly committed suicide by shooting.
The deceased identified as NO. 50492 PC Atoo Agwayi James was attached to Mubende police station.
Preliminary findings show that on April 10 2022, Atoo returned from duty at around 10:00 am and went to his place of residence at Mubende police barracks for breakfast and personal admin.
However, at around 1:00 pm, gunshots were heard coming out of his residence which attracted the attention of officers who were in the barracks.
These, immediately rushed to his place only to find that the door was closed from inside, prompting them to break into the house and upon gaining entry, they found PC Atoo lying helpless but still breathing.
They rushed him to Mubende referral hospital for medical attention where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.
According to Racheal Kawala the Police PRO Wamala Region, a team of officers led by the DPC Mubende visited, examined and documented the scene of the crime.
Kawaala says an SMG rifle number Ug police 565815228/ 34868, cartridges and ammunition were recovered from the deceased’s house. This, was found lying on his chest with the safety catch open.
“Eight cartridge casings and six live ammunition were found scattered on his mattress,” she noted.
The deceased’s body has been handed over to Mubende hospital mortuary pending a post-mortem.
Kawala said, “We would like to encourage our officers, that in case of concerns/ challenges they should always speak up before it is too late.”
She revealed that investigations into the matter are ongoing to establish the probable cause of this incident.