Security guard detained for killing suspected thief
BY DENIS OTIM
Police in Gulu district have arrested and detained a private security guard for allegedly shooting to death a suspected thief in Gulu town on sunday morning.
Thomas Kilama, attached to Stone Wall Security Company, reportedly shot the thief at Shell Petrol Station, located opposite Stanbic Bank, along Gulu-Kampala highway.
The suspect is detained at Gulu Central Police Station, while the deceased, who is yet to be identified, is at Gulu Region Referral Hospital mortuary.
Ronald Were, the officer in charge of criminal investigations at Gulu Central Police Station, says a charge of murder will be preferred against the suspect, if found guilty.
The guard reportedly told police detectives that he was first attacked by the deceased prompting him [guard] to defend himself.
But according to Mr. Were, their preliminary investigation indicates that the guard acted irrationally by discharging a bullet at the suspect who posed no harm since he wasn’t armed.
“We find his conduct of discharging a bullet at a suspect who wasn’t armed very unprofessional. We shall investigate the matter and charge him accordingly,” Mr. Were told Northern Era in an interview on Sunday.
Mr. Were says the shooting incident arises from limited knowledge and inadequate security trainings that security guards undergo in handling guns while on duty.
In November 2017, former acting Gulu District Police commander, Joseph Ayiki was shot by a security guard attached to Exposs Security Co Ltd at Taks Center in Gulu town.
The guard was later arrested and charged over attempted murder.