Mubende police officer shoots himself
In the words of Asp Racheal Kawala, James Agwayi, attached to the Mubende Police Station, killed himself. FILE PHOTO

An officer in Mubende is suspected of taking his own life by shooting. The police are investigating the circumstances surrounding his death.

The police in Mubende are investigating the circumstances under which a police officer allegedly committed suicide by shooting.

According to Asp Racheal Kawala, the deceased identified as James Agwayi attached to Mubende police station reportedly gunned himself down.

Asp Kawala revealed that on 10/ 04/ 2022, Atoo returned from duty at around 10:00 am and went to his place of residence at Mubende police barracks for breakfast. On the same day in the afternoon, gunshots were heard coming out of his residence which called for the attention of residents. 

“The deceased is NO. 50492 PC Atoo Agwayi James attached to Mubende police station. Preliminary findings show that on 10/ 04/ 2022, Atoo returned from duty at around 10:00 am and went to his place of residence at Mubende police barracks for breakfast and personal admin. However, at around 1:00 pm, gunshots were heard coming out of his residence.”

Kawala narrated that this attracted the attention of officers who upon reaching the room where the bullets were overheard, found Agwayi’s helpless body lying down to near death.

“They immediately rushed to his place only to find that the door was closed from inside, prompting them to break into the house. Upon gaining entry, the officers found PC Atoo lying helpless but still breathing and they rushed him to Mubende referral hospital for medical attention where he was pronounced dead upon arrival,” Kawala narrated.

She said a team of officers led by DPC Mubende visited, examined and documented the scene of the crime and in the process, they recovered a number of firearms.

“The SMG rifle number Ug police 565815228/ 34868, cartridges and ammunition have been recovered from the deceased’s house. The rifle was found lying on his chest with the safety catch open. Eight cartridge casings and six live ammunition were found scattered on his mattress. The deceased’s body has been handed over to Mubende hospital mortuary pending a postmortem.”

Kawala however, urged officers that in case of any challenges, suicide should not be the go-to action. She said once someone develops suicidal thoughts, they should not fear sharing them with those close to them.

“We would like to encourage our officers that in case of concerns/ challenges they should always speak up before it is too late. Investigations into this matter are ongoing to establish the probable cause of this incident. More updates will be available,” Wamala added.