Fred Tumusiime, a crime preventer in the Western district of Ntungamo was Thursday shot dead as police engaged in tireless running battles with angry residents who wanted to lynch a murder suspect.
The mob had reportedly arrested the murder suspect at Omunshenyi village in Rukiri parish Rubaare Sub County.
Angry residents had gathered before a suspect who had been sniffed out by a police dog during the search.
The crime preventer was hit by a bullet as police shot aimless to disperse angry mob.
Baker Kawonawo, the District Police Commander who visited the scene said Tumusiime and his friend were shot in the fracas as police attempted to rescue the murder suspect.
Tumusiime died on spot while his friend was rushed to the hospital for medical attention.
According to the DPC, the death of the crime preventer may have been just an accident.