Joint security forces in Karamoja are investigating the circumstances under which, a soldier shot dead an 80-year-old man during a search and cordon operation in Loputuk sub-county in Moroto district.

The deceased has been identified as Lomeri Aturangole, a resident of Loputuk village in Loputuk sub-county.

It is alleged that the deceased pierced a UPDF soldier identified as Zubail Nangai with a spear during an operation to arrest a suspected armed rustler prompting him to retaliate by shooting him dead.

Maj Isaac Oware, the UPDF 3rd division spokesperson, said that the incident occurred around 10:00 pm on Monday evening.

According to Oware, the forces cordoned off a homestead belonging to Lomeri together with his accomplice John Odongole whose gun number AK 0973 was recovered on May 20th, 2022.

He, however, said that there was another report indicating that the two were hiding another gun.

Oware noted that there is a common practice of suspected cattle raiders resisting arrest and they use dangerous weapons like bows and arrows to defend themselves, which leads to a confrontation with security.

He warned the public against provoking and attacking the security forces during operations

But, Anjello Pulkol, the Loputuk sub-county councilor who is also a son of the deceased has disputed reports from security claiming that his father was killed because of spearing a security officer.

“I was with my father up to 8:00 pm, then he requested to go and rest. I also left him and I went back to my home to sleep, within a short time I heard gunshots. I didn’t bother so much but surprisingly only to hear this morning that it’s my father they have shot dead,” Pulkol said.

Pulkol said that his father was too old and could barely walk alone, adding that he was surprised to hear that his father is accused of spearing a soldier.

The deceased’s body is lying at Moroto Regional Referral Hospital mortuary pending postmortem while the injured soldier is admitted at the Army health facility.

However, while on the scene of the crime, this news website learned that the deceased was shot inside his house while sleeping contrary to claims by security alleging that he was killed while defending himself.

According to local sources, bullets went through the door and hit the deceased on the back and chest.

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