A policeman, identified as Police Constable Amidu Ousman accompanying a bullion van belonging to MON-TRAN Ghana limited has fatally shot dead the driver of the bullion van with registration number, GN 1630-12.
The driver of the van who was accidently struck by the bullets from the gun, died instantly.
The incident happened on Saturday afternoon at Kpongunor near Odumase-Krobo in the Eastern region as the police officer shot warning shots in an attempt to disperse a rowdy funeral procession that had blocked sections of the main Somanya-Kpong road on its way to the cemetery to bury the deceased.
The action of the youth was said to have created a traffic congestion as Saturday is a busy market day at Agomanya, very close to the scene of the incident.
Eye witnesses who spoke to Rite news explained that the police escort in trying to disperse the irate crowd to make way for safe passage of the bullion van which was heading from Kpong towards Somanya, fired warning shots.
“One of the bullets fired by the policeman unfortunately hit the driver of the van, killing him instantly,” an eyewitness narrated.
The shooting climaxes a week of very unpopular incidents on the part of Ghana’s police service of police assault and killings.
In a video that has gone viral on social media, a police officer seen virtually punching and slapping a nursing mother in a banking hall.
Reports suggest the woman had gone to the Midland Savings and Loans to withdraw an amount of money.
In a related development, seven persons were shot dead on Wednesday who police said were armed robbers.
The seven were allegedly mistaken by the police for members of an eight-man armed robbery gang who had earlier attacked a sprinter bus and shot dead a police officer at Ayirebikrom near Manso Nkwanta in the Amasie West District of the region.
The Ashanti regional police command said the seven, whose bodies have since been deposited at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, were killed in a shootout.