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One Dead, Two Injured in Pader Shooting

A 28-year-old man who was shot by police officers in Pader District on Saturday evening has died from Lira Regional Referral Hospital.

Bosco Odong a resident of Arukutuma village in Lagile Parish, Awere Sub County died last night, shortly after being referred to the hospital in critical condition for emergency medical treatment.

The deceased was among two other teenagers shot by police officers attached to Awere Police station who fired live bullets to disperse a group of rowdy locals protesting the arrest of a suspect.

They are Samuel Canogura 16, who is admitted at Lagile Health Center II and 17-years-old Francis Obedgui, a student who is admitted at Lira Regional Referral Hospital in critical condition.

Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson confirmed the death of Odong in an interview with Mega Fm on Sunday morning.

Okema says the victim was hit by a stray bullet in his lower stomach after their police officers fired live bullets in the air to disperse locals who were attacking police officers with pelting stones.

Corporal Geoffrey Ocan, the Officer-in-charge of Awere Police station and Police Constable Paul Lukeca had reportedly arrested an army officer Moses Okello from Lagile Parish when locals became rowdy and attacked them.

Okema says the army officer was accused of threatening violence, causing grievous harm and attempted murder on a 69-year-old woman Marcelina Abur and his brother Kenneth Okello residents of Okelotoo village.

The suspect reportedly fled during the scuffle with a handcuff and is at large according to Okema.

He says investigations into the unfortunate shooting has commenced adding that a case of shooting has been opened under file number CRB34/2020 at Pader Central Police station.

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