One person was Thursday evening shot dead as police foiled an illegal eviction in Kyampa Zone, Makindye II Parish in Kampala.
Kampala metropolitan deputy police spokesperson, Mr Luke Owoyesigyire said police in Katwe deployed officers after being notified of an eviction that was happening at around 9 pm.
He said police found more than 20 people armed with clubs, hammers and machetes demolishing rental units occupied by nine families.
"We strongly believe that they were hired to carry out an illegal eviction and it could be the reason why they were carrying it out at night under the cover of darkness by-passing the right procedures," ASP Owoyesigyire said in a statement.
He said efforts by police to stop the activities were rejected by the group.
"Police were forced to fire bullets to disperse the group. One person, yet to be identified, has been put out of action. The rest of the group members took off," ASP Owoyesigyire added.
The body of the deceased was taken to the city mortuary at Mulago for postmortem as investigations into the case and the hunt for the group members on the run continue.