The suspected stray bullet that killed cab driver Bismark Charles Opare, 29, on Saturday happened during a police operation at Gbi Wegbe in the Hohoe Municipality.
The incident was reported to the GNA by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr. Jonathan Lamptey, Hohoe Divisional Commander of Hohoe, who also announced that an inquiry into the incident had started.
He urged the young people to maintain their composure and help the police with their inquiries.
The body had been sent to the mortuary for an autopsy, according to Mr. Andy Agbi, a relative of the deceased who also verified the occurrence on Saturday to the Ghana News Agency (GNA).
He said that before being shot at around 0000 hours, the relative was just a bystander unrelated to the alleged police operation.
According to Mr. Agbi, the facts at their disposal indicated that the cops were from Ho on a special assignment and not the Hohoe Municipality.
In the ongoing World Cup competition in Qatar, he said that his final encounter with the deceased occurred following the Argentina vs. Netherlands game on Friday, December 9. He said he first learned of the tragic news at 1:37 a.m.
Mr. Agbi claimed he hurried to the lifeless body of his cousin, which had a hole exposing the internal organs on the left side of the abdomen.
He claimed that the community’s family and youth were confident that justice would be served as they patiently awaited the law’s inevitable course of action.
When Mr. Agbi led the GNA around the area of the incident, he demonstrated how some of the bullets had entered a nearby wall.
Unnamed eyewitness claimed to have observed the event up until the deceased was struck.
He claimed that the cops, who were in two police cars, lacked any official service identification on their uniforms.
According to the eyewitness, a young man walked outside after the football game to retrieve something from his car, which was parked at a roundabout in the city, but was handcuffed despite having done nothing wrong.
He claimed that the arrested teenager was taken to his home by police officers who were obviously conducting a search.
The witness described how residents of the town followed the police till they arrived at their destination and watched as they broke into the’suspect’s’ room, pulled a few things out, and also arrested another individual.
He claimed that as people gathered, police officers fired warning shots, apparently hitting Opare as he screamed for assistance till his death.
According to Mr. Agbi, the deceased’s body was taken to the mortuary on Saturday about 9:00 a.m.