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20-Year-Old Man Shot Attempting To Grab Gun From LDU Officer In Kitgum

Julius Mpande, the officer in Charge of Operations at Kitgum Central Police station in his reports says the victim attacked one of their police officers while resisting arrest and made attempts to disarm him.
02 May 2020 13:30


A 20-year-old man was on Friday evening shot and left with injuries on his left leg after he reportedly attempted to grab a gun from a Local Defence Unit (LDU) officer.

Patrick Tabu, was reportedly shot at 8:40 PM evening in Lamola Trading center in Lamola Parish, Labongo Amida sub county in Kitgum District.

Julius Mpande, the officer in Charge of Operations at Kitgum Central Police station in his reports states that the victim attacked Ambrose Obwa 26, an LDU officer and attempted to disarm him.

A Police patrol team comprising the police and LDU's had reportedly reached the area to conduct arrest where a group of men had been drinking.

He says Tabu and other suspects still at large roughed up the LDU officer and a scuffle ensued as he tried to reach for his gun but the officer managed to put resistance before shooting his left leg in defence. 

Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson confirmed the incident to Uganda Radio Network (URN) in an interview. He says the LDU officer was disarmed and arrested adding that he is being detained at Kitgum Central Police station charged with negligence under file CRB 222/2020. 

Meanwhile, Tabu who is receiving medical treatment at Kitgum general hospital has been charged with attempted gun robbery.

In a related development, five suspects have been arrested with connection to Thursday afternoon brutal murder of Helen Aculu, a  55-year-old in Omunybul village, Lamola parish, Labong Amida sub county. The suspects are currently in detention at Kitgum Central Police station.