Police in the eastern Mbale District last Sunday shot and injured three people, sick who were partaking in a protest against suspected thieves living inside a police barracks.
The shooting according to Police spokesperson Asan Kasingye took place in Nakaloke in Mbale town, as the residents took to the streets following suspicion that the local police were harbouring a group of thieves.
Trouble started on Friday, when thieves broke into the shop of one of the residents and stole a number of items.
To the shock of the locals however, a police sniffer dog led detectives from the crime scene to a police barracks at Nakaloke police station. The owner of the shop had incidentally gone to report the break-in at the same station.
Enraged residents on Sunday took to the streets protesting against the OC Nakaloke Police Station, identified as ASP Oliver Namudoola.
According to AIGP Kasingye, in the heat of the scuffle, a police officer Habib Sunday (SP) opened fire, shot and injured three of the protesters.
The injured have been identified as Lydia Mulono, Dixon Libo and and Bruhan Lwanga.
Kasingye says the shooter, SP Sunday, together with the OC Namudoola were arrested and the Police Professional Standards Unit is investigating them.
Meanwhile, some of the stolen items from the shop according to Kasingye were recovered from a difference location in Nakaloke but not at the police station.