UPDF Soldier Arrested for Shooting Three People in Gulu

A Uganda People’s Defense Forces – UPDF soldier has been arrested in relation to a shooting which claimed three lives in Gulu town on Monday evening.

The suspect, Corporal Geoffrey Okello was arrested in the wee hours of Tuesday and is now detained at the 4th division barracks in Gulu. 

Okello is accused of gunning 52-year-old Beatrice Ajok, and her two sons; Dan Joakim Binyang aged 18, and Owen Norman, 20. An 8-year-old child was also injured in the incident which happened at around 8:30 pm in Vanguard sub ward, Pece Division in Gulu Municipality.

Some of the eyewitnesses told URN that after the shooting, the suspect was seen fleeing the scene on a motorcycle to an unknown destination. It’s alleged that the suspect and deceased had prolonged land wangles.

Maj. Caesar Olweny, the UPDF 4th Division Spokesperson says that Corporal Okello was arrested from Central Guard at the barracks where he had been deployed.

Olweny told URN in an interview on Tuesday morning that ballistic experts were yet to examine the gun that was used by the suspect because the soldier’s ammunition was found intact.

Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson Jimmy Patrick Okema told URN that the bodies of the deceased were still at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital mortuary pending postmortem as investigations continue.

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