A police officer was shot dead while pursuing armed men who raided a mobile money shop in Kassanda District on Monday evening.
According to Rachael Kawala, the Wamala region police spokesperson, CPL Olaya Joseph, Badge No. 52590, who was attached to Kiganda Police Station, died of injuries after being shot by the robbers who were riding on a motorcycle.
The robbery incident occurred in Kyakitanga Village, Manyogaseka Sub-county, Kassanda District.
According to preliminary findings, on June 19, 2023, at around 5:40 pm, three armed robbers entered a mobile money agent shop/soda depot owned by Bonani Janvier Fils in Kalongo, Mubende District.
The robbers stole various items of unidentified value and fled the scene on a motorcycle. Upon receiving this information, our officers, led by the Officer in Charge of Kiganda Police Station, immediately initiated pursuit of the suspects with the aim of apprehending them.
During the pursuit, the suspects shot CPL. Oloya, who succumbed to his injuries while being transported to Mubende Regional Referral Hospital.
Kawala said the suspects also took CPL Oloya’s magazine but left the firearm behind.
“We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the late CPLOlaya Joseph. Our teams, including Crime Intelligence specialists, under the leadership of the District Police Commander of Kassanda, have visited the crime scene,” she said.
“We have recorded relevant statements to aid the investigations. A red Bajaj Boxer motorcycle Reg No UDX 755C, belonging to the suspects, has been recovered. We want to assure the public that our task teams are fully committed and actively working to identify and apprehend all individuals involved in this incident,” she added.