Three people died after being hit by stray bullets fired in Minakulu Sub County, Oyam district Tuesday evening.
They are identified as Simon Obote, a bodaboda cyclist, Denis Ogwang, a farmer and Geoffrey Odongo Oyita.
Two of them died on the spot, the other died moments later, eyewitnesses said.
Police spokesperson for Kyoga region, Manshur Suwed, said the incident happened while police officers pursued a suspected thief at about 5pm.
“The incident happened while our personnel tried firing to stop a suspect who was escaping police arrest, but unfortunately the bullet strayed and hit innocent people,” Suwed said in an interview with Uganda Radio Network.
He said the officers have been arrested for incompetence.
He blamed them for firing a gun at a suspect in a crowded place contrary to police guidelines.
Meanwhile, Police in Gulu district have arrested 60 people accused of attacking a patrol squad and damaging a Police patrol pickup.
They were arrested from Pentagon night club in Kanyagoga, a parish, Gulu Municipality following a fight on Tuesday night.
Assistant Superintendent of Police, Nyangkol John Bosco, the Officer in charge of operations at Gulu Central Police Station said the suspects used stones to smash the windscreen of a Police patrol pickup registration number UAJ 236 Z.
Nyangkol said the patrol unit had responded to a scuffle in the night club in which Onama John Ocitti, a UPDF soldier attached to the Special Forces Command (SFC) and Morris Omony, a Crime Preventer were injured.
Omony was unconsciously lying on the floor when Police forced their way into the night club.
The scuffle started after one of the injured persons, Onama, launched a search for his two mobile phones, a wallet containing more than Shs 350,000 and bank ATM Card which had been stolen at the night club, eye witnesses said.
Okoyo Martin, the Gulu District Police Commander said Police used teargas to control the crowd and restore order in the night club.
He said the suspects will be charged with malicious destruction of government property.