A man identified as Suleiman Male has been shot dead by a police officer after he was found trying to chop off his five year old son’s head.
According the deputy PRO spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire, the incident happened on 17/10/2020 at around 11am at Kyebando, a city suburb.
“Kira Road Police Station has rescued a five-year old child, who was about to be cut by the father using a machete over unknown reasons.During the rescue, an officer discharged a bullet to disable the father, Suleiman Male, 28, but it fatally injured him.” Owoyesigyire said.
It is alleged Male, a resident of Kisaasi and a crafts man, picked his only child Isamu Male, 5, from their home to Kisalosalo kyebando.Upon reaching Kyebando, he forcefully gained access to the house of a friend Ismail Ssesanga while weilding a machete.
Luke says all occupants in Sesanga’s house fled to the nearby police station, where they reported the case.
“The security officers found when Male had locked himself in one room and all peaceful efforts to demand him open the door and release the child failed. ”
Luke adds that the officers forcefully gained access into the room he had locked himself in.
It is alleged that Sulaiman, who was found holding the child head down with one hand and another hand raised up with a machete ready to cut.
Owoyesigyire says the officers asked him to drop the machete, the order he declined to heed to. He went on to swing the weapon which put the life of the child in danger prompting on of the security personnel to shoot him and he dropped the child.
The suspect died at the scene. The child has been taken to police for care as investigations continue. The suspect’s body has been conveyed to City Mortuary Mulago for a post mortem.
Owoyesigyire adds that in accordance to the police standards, they have opened up inquiries into the shooting and the intention of Male. Statements from the locals at scene and his relatives have been taken. More details into the investigations are ongoing.