Police on Thursday arrested one of its own officers to help in investigations into the gruesome shooting along the Kampala- Entebbe Expressway.
Davis Taremwa, a police officer attached to Counter Terrorism unit was arrested on Friday morning after Merina Tumukunde and Joshua Ruhegyera Nteyireho were shot dead by unknown assailants at Nambigirwa Bridge as they headed to Mpala.
Earlier, a group of detectives found a cap belonging to the counter-terrorism Uganda Police and 27 rounds of ammunition at the scene.
A magazine porch was also recovered from the vehicle the victims were traveling in.
According to the first narrative, it was suspected that the person who shot the deceased dead had been in the vehicle.
On arrest, the police officer told detectives that he had been approached by Nteyireho to escort him to Millennium Hotel in Zzana to conduct some business but that they had left him in Zzana.
According to the police spokesperson, the police officer in his initial statement said when he left the hotel, the deceased had driven off and had gone with his gun and cap in the vehicle.
The suspect also told detective he had tried to reach out to Nteyireho but he was not picking calls and that he had known of the gruesome murder when security operatives arrested him.
It is also still puzzling how and why a piece of paper bearing particulars of No.32693 detective sergeant Mutesi was found in the vehicle.
At the crime scene, Nteyireho’s body was lying in a pool of blood with a bullet wound in the head whereas his left hand was clutching an AK47 rifle.
On examination, the rifle number UG POL56-3100699022697 was found to belong to police, raising a number of questions.
Unconfirmed reports indicated that Nteyireho had a gun but it is still puzzling whether it was the gun that was found at the crime scene.
The detained police officer told detectives that he had left his gun in the vehicle.
Yet it is more puzzling how the police officer’s gun ended up in the hands of Nteyireho’s lifeless body.
It is also puzzling to hear that a trained police officer could have left his gun in a car which is a breach of security protocol.
At the crime scene, along the Entebbe Expressway, the deceased’s vehicle, a Toyota Prado was parked well on the roadside with its engine and lights switched on.
The circumstances under which this happened are still puzzling.
When Police rushed at the scene, the driver’s door and the one behind his seat were wide open, an indicator that the vehicle’s occupants could have opened them.
It is still a puzzle that needs to be cracked on who opened both doors and for what reason.
Merina Tumukunde’s body which was found in the position behind the co-driver’s seat had a bullet wound on the head.
There were bullet holes in the window on the co-driver’s seat.
It is also puzzling who and how the victims were shot that Nteyireho had time to move out of the vehicle and rush to its behind side from where he too was found dead in a pool of blood with a gun in his left hand.
It was alleged that Nteyireho could have got out of the vehicle to retaliate and fend off the attacker(s) but it also baffles because there isn’t so much evidence to prove that narrative apart from his body being found lying in a pool of blood with a gun in his left hand.
There is no other evidence to show any exchange of bullets.