Ms Natasha Nagayi 21, a student of Uganda Christian University (UCU Mukono campus was last evening rushed to Kawolo hospital after being shot by a police officer attached to counter terrorism police.
The incident happened around 1:00 a.m. in Nabuti Village, Mukono Central Division, Mukono Municipality, Mukono District T
Police identified the suspect as No T/460 ASP Tebangole Dismass, a 57-year-old male , who also resides in the village.
“According to the preliminary investigation, it is alleged that on the aforementioned date and time, the suspect noticed someone attempting to open his main door. Suspecting a thief, the suspect peeped through the window glass and observed a person using a key to open the door. In a state of suspicion, the suspect discharged three live bullets through the window glass, hitting Nagayi Natasha on the right chest, near the lower armpit,” ASP Luke Owoyesigyire said in a statement.
“Upon being shot, the victim fell to the ground and cried out for help, asserting that she was not a thief. She specifically mentioned the name Bandishe Ashiraf, one of the tenants residing in the suspect’s residence. The caretaker of the residence, Ssengendo Hanington, along with other neighbors, responded to the scene. Subsequently, the suspect emerged from his residence,” he added.
He added that further investigation revealed that the victim was accompanied by her boyfriend, Bandishe Ashiraf, outside for leisure.
“Ashiraf had given her the key to enter the residence and rest while he remained behind. However, she mistakenly attempted to open the suspect’s room, which is opposite Ashiraf’s room, leading to the unfortunate shooting incident,” he said.
“To preserve the integrity of the crime scene, initial steps were taken by the first responders. A pistol with 12 rounds of live ammunition, was recovered from the suspect by the response Police team,” he said.