Man shot dead by policeman in Kumasi

A Police Lance Corporal has been arrested and detained for allegedly shooting dead an employee of the Fire Consultancy Engineering Limited at Roman Hill in Kumasi on Tuesday afternoon.

A shot fired by Eric Amoako from an AK 47 assault rifle hit the deceased, Charles Igbo, who was leaning on a wall on the second floor of the First National Bank, killing him instantly.

The policeman attached to the Kumasi Zongo Police Station was said to have been on guard duty at the Roman Hill branch of the UniBank.

He reportedly fired the weapon to scare two passengers engaged in a scuffle, not far from where he was, with a “trotro” driver.

Eyewitnesses told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that they saw Lance Corporal Amoako move in ostensibly to help stop the fight.

His aggressive approach angered those fighting, leading to a confrontation.

Fearing for his life, he pulled his gun and two soldiers in mufti who were passing by attempted to stop him from firing it.

In the process, it went-off and hit Igbo, who had gone with his colleagues, to fix faulty fire extinguishers at the bank directly in the chest as he dropped dead in a pool of blood.

Some traders in the area saved Lance Corporal Amoako from revenge mob attack.

The traders’ quickly put him in one of the stores and called in police reinforcement.

Corporal Godwin Ahianyo of the Ashanti Regional Police Public Affairs Unit confirmed the incident to the GNA and said the two soldiers have also been arrested. He could, however, not give their names.

The Police are investigating.

The body of the deceased had been deposited at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) mortuary.

Source: GNA

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