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OC Wanted for Shooting Onlooker Dead

According to Tumusiime, the deceased was hit by a stray bullet on Wednesday when Taremwa and Police Constable Derick Mwendya went to arrest Mayas Katurebe for allegedly obtaining money by false pretense.
Police in Buhweju district are hunting down one of their own for shooting to death an onlooker at a crime scene. Martial Tumusiime, the Greater Bushenyi Regional Police spokesperson identifies the deceased as Osbert Bitahwa, a resident of Rwajere Central Cell in Burere Sub-county while the suspect is CPL Gracious Taremwa, the Officer in Charge of Burere Police Station.   

According to Tumusiime, the deceased was hit by a stray bullet on Wednesday when Taremwa and Police Constable Derick Mwendya went to arrest Mayas Katurebe for allegedly obtaining money by false pretense. He explains that two officers were in the company of the chairman LC I Moses Kiwanuka who knocked on the suspect's door but he refused to open it. 

Tumusiime narrates that the suspect came out with a blanket, which he used to cover Taremwa, and wrestled him down before he took off prompting Mwendya to run after him. He explains that the suspect managed to wrestle down Mwendya prompting Taremwa to come to his rescue. He says that Taremwa used his gun butt to disable the suspect and charged a bullet. 

Tumusiime says that after discharging the first bullet, Taremwa released another bullet that hit the deceased who was cheering on the suspects together with other lookers. He says that the suspect managed to get away with police handcuffs while Cpl Taremwa (Suspect) also ran away after the incident.

According to Preliminary investigations, the deceased's body was found with a bullet wound on the head, and the killer weapon UG Pol  565832573-41982 was found with 28 rounds of ammunition instead of the 30 that were recorded in the book. Tumusiime says the gun and one cartridge were recovered at the scene. The deceased's body was delivered to Nsiika Health Centre 4 for postmortem. 

According to Kiwanuka, the shooting was accidental noting that they are ready to assist the deceased's family to get justice.

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