A joint security operation involving all security agencies has been launched in Gomba District and surrounding districts of Mityana, Sembabule, Butambala and Mpigi for the hunt of a police officer who allegedly shot a civilian in a bar on Friday over a bar woman, spyreports has learnt.
The officer on run has been identified as Ronald Arijah of a lower rank attached to Gomba Central Police Station. The Civilian who is currently nursing several bullet wounds was named as Jackson Bwandagala a male adult and a resident of Mamba fishing Village close to the shores of Lake Wamala in Kyegonza Sub County in Gomba District.
According to eye witnesses who were in the bar at the time of shooting said the battle started on Friday at around 9:00pm when the police officer found Bwandagala romancing the bar woman in the toilet wing.
“This bar attendant went to the toilet wing and after few minutes Bwandagala followed her and later on the police officer followed them,” says an eye witness adding that after like five minutes they saw the bar woman coming from the toilet wing on a terrible speed and rushed out of the bar.
The eyewitness adds that when they went to the toilet wing, they found the police officer and civilian fighting.
“I have always warned you to leave my girl friend and you denied having any relationship with her but now I got you red handed romancing her. I will fight you until you die,” bar customers quoted police officer saying while punching the civilian.
Another eyewitness told us that bar customers separated the pair and called the bar manager to settle their disputes. “When the manager came, the police officer explained to him how he invested a lot of money in the bar woman and how this civilian bonks her behind his back,” another customer heard the officer narrating to the manager.
“When I got information that this civilian was dating my girl friend, I called him and warned him to leave her but he denied the claims,” says a police officer adding that he put his spies in the bar who actually informed him that the civilian took over his wife.
Other customers told us that after the pair met the Manager the police officer went out of the bar, he shortly returned with AK47 gun and shot the civilian twice. “He was targeting the chest but bullets went to the arm,” says another bar customer adding that all customers vacated the bar leaving the civilian bleeding.
The police officer also left the bar knowing he had killed the civilian.
When contacted the DPC Gomba District Alfonse Musoni confirmed the shooting in the bar. “It is true our officer shot a civilian in bar over a woman but he did not die,” he says during a phone interview with spyreports on Saturday morning. The police boss adds that when they received information, they rushed to the scene and found the civilian in critical conditions and was taken to the hospital where he is nursing bullet wounds.
The DPC says the officer fled with the gun but later dumped it in the bush and was got later with three bullets missing. “We have involved other security agencies like ISO and CMI in the hunt for police officer and upon his arrest will be charged with attempted murder and gun misuse,” he says.