Police in Masindi have arrested Ekou Simon, a 38-year-old security guard, for shooting and causing the death of a journalist.
ASP Hakiza Julius, the Albertine Region Police Spokesperson, said the incident happened Wednesday morning when the suspect was on guard duty at Coca-Cola depot, Masindi branch, Central division in Masindi District.
It is alleged that around 12:30am, the suspect while armed and on normal duty at a Coca Cola Depot along Persey Street, saw the victim identified as Aseera Gerald, a news anchor at Kings Broadcasting services in the same area, gaining entry into the Coca-Cola compound through the main entrance that has no gate.
“The victim allegedly went straight to where cartons of sodas were and picked four of them. However, as he was leaving, the suspect shot him in the chest,” Hakiza narrated.
He said police were informed, immediately responded and took the victim to Masindi Hospital under critical condition.
“Unfortunately, he succumbed to the injuries.”
A rifle number UG. PSO21008209637 and three rounds of ammunition have been recovered from the suspect and exhibited.
Ekou, attached to Blue Whale Security Company Limited, has also been arrested and is being held at Masindi CPS to aid in the investigations.