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Policeman shoots UCU Student as gun violence continues to grip nation

Man Jose Kayima

A Uganda Christian University (UCU) student has become the latest victim of gun violence in the country after she was shot by a policeman.

The victim was shot while trying to open the policeman’s house instead of her boyfriend’s.

Natasha Nagayi was allegedly shot by the Policeman identified as ASP Dismas Tebangole, attached to the Counter Terrorism Police, VIPPU.

The shooting happened at around 1am in Nabuti Village, Mukono Central Division, Mukono Municipality, Mukono District.

“In a state of suspicion, the officer discharged three live bullets through the window glass, hitting Nagayi Natasha on the right chest, near the lower armpit.”

“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 neighbours, responded to the scene. Subsequently, the suspect (police officer) emerged from his residence,” Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire said as quoted by Daily Monitor

Nagayi was in company of her boyfriend, Ashiraf Bandishe with whom they returned from hanging out.

“Ashiraf had given her the key to enter the residence and rest while he remained behind. However, she mistakenly attempted to open the officer’s room, which is opposite Ashiraf’s room, leading to the unfortunate shooting incident,” ASP Owoyesgyire added.

ASP Tebangole is currently in police custody while Nagayi is hospitalised at Kawolo General Hospital in Buikwe District.

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