Thug shot in the head as police respond to break-ins in Masindi
Police have shot and killed a suspected thief in Buliima town Council Masindi district.
The suspect was shot by Peter Lukimoi the officer in charge-OC of Buliima Police post at 1:30 a.m on Monday morning while responded to an alarm raised by area residents of Nyabisojo-Kimigi cell in Kisalizi ward, Buliima town council in Masindi district after thugs raided the area.
Six suspected thugs raided the area in the wee hours of Monday morning and started terrorizing the village while robbing animals including goats. This prompted area residents who immediately alerted Buliima police who rushed to bring the situation under control.
On their way, police being commanded by Lukimoi intercepted the six thugs who were armed with Pangas and sticks, and upon seeing police, the suspected thieves charged at the officers, forcing them to shoot in self-defense. It was at this point that Lukimoi discharged a bullet that hit one of the charging suspected thieves on the head killing him on the spot as his accomplices fled to unknown destinations.
Police recovered three goats the thugs had stolen from the area residents.
According to one of the residents identified as John Kyaligonza, the thugs raided the area and beat up the locals who tried to resist their action. He applauded the police for their quick response.
The Albertine region police spokesperson Julius Hakiza, confirmed the incident saying the body of the yet to be identified thug was picked up by police and later taken to Masindi hospital mortuary pending postmortem while the hunt for the other five suspects who fled is ongoing.