The deceased has been identified as detective Sergeant Fred Chemonges who has been attached to Mbale Central Police station. The injured are Solomon Ikalati, Charles Mukisa, and Spanslaus Tukei.
A police officer has been killed and three
others injured in a gunfire exchange with thugs in Mbale district.
happened on Thursday afternoon 2Kilometers from Nabumali corner off Mbale-Lwakhakha
Road in Nabumali Sub County in Mbale District.
The deceased has been identified as detective Sergeant Fred
Chemonges who has been attached to Mbale Central Police station.
are Solomon Ikalati, Charles Mukisa, and Spanslaus Tukei.
The trio is nursing gunshot wounds at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital
where they were rushed.
According to police, the officers were hit while trailing
thugs returning from a robbery mission.
The thugs reportedly opened fire when they realized the officers
were pursing them leading to a gun fire exchange in which Chemonges lost his
John Robert Tukei, the Elgon Region Police Spokesperson told URN
that the suspected robbers were driving in a Toyota Mark II, which had a fake
registration number UAT 112A.
He says the original registration number of the vehicle that
belongs to Godfrey Sengondya is UAP 283Y.
Tukei says the officers shot some of the thugs but they escaped
from the scene abandoning their vehicle behind.
He said police and the army has started a manhunt for the thugs
and appealed to anybody with information to leading to the whereabouts of the
thugs to share it with police.
Police has opened inquiries into the matter under file number
CRP 873/ 2019 at Mbale Central Police Station.
Cases of armed robberies mainly
targeting mobile money operators are on the rise in Mbale district. At least 5
people have been in a space of 6 months.