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A COP attempting to restore peace to a warring tavern apparently collapsed and died after realising that he had shot his friend during the chaos.

According to Daily Monitor, Siraj Tibata was station commander of Molo cop shop in Tororo, eastern Uganda.

He arrived with other cops at Aqua’s drinking joint at 1am on Monday after reports of a fight breaking out.

Eyewitness John Opio told Daily Monitor: “Tibata had led other officers to the drinking joint to contain the chaos but during the fracas, he accidentally shot one Dominic Omaset. Shortly afterwards, he collapsed and died under unclear circumstances.”

Tibata was rushed to the nearby Hope clinic but was declared dead on arrival.

Omaset was apparently a friend of Tibata.

Resident John Emiriat said: “We suspect that he died of shock after realising that he had shot Dominic.”

Emiriat is furious with the residents fighting in the tavern, describing Tibata as a disciplined officer.

“They provoked police officers to fire bullets. This is very wrong and unacceptable. We have to be law abiding citizens,” Emiriat said.

No one has been arrested for Tibata’s death and cops are investigating.

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