Police in Sembabule District have arrested a Local Defence Unit (LDU) officer for shooting dead a police officer.
Jamada Luwaga, a resident of Rugusuulu Sub County in Sembabule District, allegedly shot dead Corporal Gerald Olweny, 32, a police officer attached to Rugusuulu Police Station on Wednesday night.
The two had gone to Rugusuulu trading centre to arrest a suspected robber Deo Tumusiime.
Ms Jane Rwansande, one of the eyewitnesses, noted that Olweny knocked on Tumusiime’s house as Luwaga who was armed with an AK47 rifle kept watch from a distance.
“As soon as Tumusiime opened the door, Olweny held him by the trouser prompting a scuffle. The suspect overpowered the policeman and pushed him to the ground,” she said.
Ms Rwansande explained that in a bid to stop the scuffle, Luwaga fired a bullet on the ground which instantly killed Olweny. The bullet penetrated Olweny’s chest and also injured the suspect on the arm.
Mr Denis Musinguzi, the Sembabule District Police Commander said that Luwanga has been arrested to help police in investigations.