General News of Thursday, 8 March 2018
The family of a 25-year-old young man at Kenyasi-Bosore in the Kwabre East District of the Ashanti Region has called on the Police hierarchy in the region to investigate the shooting of their son by a police officer.
The deceased, Derrick Osei Frimpong, was allegedly shot by a police officer who is a personal bodyguard to a Fetish priest in the area.
The family wants the regional police command to investigate the circumstances that led to the death of the deceased.
Mother of the deceased, Aunty Alice, was distraught. She is draped in her black and white funeral cloth, indicative of the loss of her first son when Citi News visited the bereaved relatives.
Information available to Citi News indicates that the deceased, Osei Frimpong, had a confrontation with one of the young boys in the area over a mobile phone.
A police officer, who is said to be a bodyguard to a fetish priest at Kenyase Bosore, Nana Boateng, also called Nana Dumgya came in as a mediator.
A misunderstanding, however, broke out between the police officer and the deceased. In the ensuing confusion, gun shots were fired, described as warning shots.
Osei Frimpong, tried as he did, could not escape the police man’s bullets.
The peace officer allegedly shot him at close range killing him almost immediately.
This was on Sunday 4th March 2018.
The deceased’s grandfather, Osei Agyemang narrating the incident to Citi News said, “After the incident happened, we went to the Central Police station on Monday, we met the investigator in charge of the case. He asked us what information we had about the issue. I said he is my grandson who was shot and killed by a police officer. He then asked if I knew his nickname, and I said he is called Junior. Then he replied that his nickname is Thunder and he was shot by the police officer because he wanted to hit the officer with a stone while they were both struggling for the bag which the officer suspected contained some substances”.
The family maintained that the deceased was not a criminal and did not deserve death in that manner.
According to the family, the deceased had returned from Dubai and was in the process of securing a Driver’s License to return.
The family told Citi News that the police have gone ahead to pick up 13 other youth in the area who are close associates of the deceased.
The police in the districtd have confirmed th incident but said the matter has been referred to the regional headquarters.