Stray Bullet Kills Man

Police officers taking the body into their vehicle

HOURS AFTER five persons were killed in an accident at Santasi, a suburb of Kumasi, when a truck rammed over them, a man believed to be in his early forties was also killed in another bizarre circumstance.

The man whose identity was not immediately known was allegedly killed at about 2pm at the premises of the First National Bank located at Roman Hill, a suburb of the Central Business District (CBD) of Kumasi, by Lance Corporal Eric Amoako.

The deceased, who sources said was installing fire extinguishers at the bank with a colleague, was allegedly shot dead by a stray bullet fired by the policeman on duty at the financial institution.

L/Cpl Amoako, attached to the Zongo Police Station, according to information, was keeping watch at the newly-opened bank when he spotted two guys fighting on the street in front of the bank. Since they were misbehaving, the policeman, DAILY GUIDE gathered, left his duty post and descended to the ground floor with the intention of separating the two combatants.

Determined to flex their muscles, the two fighters, the paper learnt, even engaged the policeman in a fisticuff.

Sensing danger due to the offensive weapons the alleged two Nigerian combatants were wielding, the police officer allegedly fired a warning shot into the air, ostensibly to scare them.

Unfortunately, the bullet hit the deceased who had come out of the banking hall and was leaning on the metal barricade at the bank located on the second floor to catch a glimpse of the nasty scene unfolding on the street.

The deceased, whose head, according to reports, was shattered following the impact of the shot, dropped dead instantly and the body was quickly taken to a chamber in the bank.

Following the unstable situation the bizarre incident created, the police officer was able to escape to safety without being attacked by the angry mob that rushed to the scene.

He has since been arrested with two youngsters to assist in investigations.

Immediately word reached the Zongo Police Station, which is just a stone’s throw away from the accident scene, the commander, Nana Ofosuhene, detailed a team of police officers to the scene.

Upon reaching the scene in their blaring siren vehicles, the police officers, wielding sophisticated guns, barricaded the whole area and prevented onlookers from getting closer to the scene.

Anxious spectators, including media personnel, who attempted to take photographs of the accident scene with their mobile phones and cameras, were heckled by the police.

Having secured the accident scene for some minutes, another team of police officers arrived in a police pick-up van to take the dead body away.

DSP Ofosuhene, the district commander, refused to speak to the media, indicating that the regional police command would comment on the incident at the appropriate time.

Traffic congestion at the Roman Hill area was at its all-time worst as shop owners, passersby and commuters left their respective businesses to catch a glimpse of the scenes at the accident area.

The spectators, mostly market women, who stormed the accident scene, could not hold back their tears as they wailed uncontrollably when the body of the deceased was taken into the police car.

From Morgan Owusu, Kumasi