Police spokesperson for Kyoga region Manshur Suwed said the incident happened while Police Officers pursued a suspected thief at about 5pm.
Three people died after being hit by stray bullets fired in Minakulu Sub County, Oyam district Tuesday evening.
They are identified as Simon Obote, a bodaboda cyclist, Denis Ogwang, a farmer and Geoffrey Odongo Oyita. Two of them died on the spot, the other died moments later, eyewitnesses said.
Police spokesperson for Kyoga region Manshur Suwed said the incident happened while police officers pursued a suspected thief at about 5pm.
â€œThe incident happened while our personnel tried firing to stop a suspect who was escaping police arrest, but unfortunately the bullet strayed and hit innocent people,â€ Suwed said in an interview with Uganda Radio Network.
He said the officers have been arrested for incompetence. He blamed them for firing a gun at a suspect in a crowded place contrary to police guidelines.