A 40-year-old self-styled Fetish Priest, Kwesi Tandoh, is said to have shot himself after allegedly gunning down his wife, Abena Nyamekye, and one of their four children.
According to reliable sources, Tandoh allegedly shot the wife and his son at 22:30 hours GMT following an altercation which ensued between them on Wednesday 11th May.
Another source disclosed that Tandoh mostly threatened the wife with death anytime there was any form of disagreement between them, but nothing substantial was done to deter him.
It has been rumoured that the loud silence on his constant threats emboldened him to carry out his evil action on Wednesday night when he allegedly locked up his family and shot his wife and son before turning the gun on himself.
According to an official statement by the Regional Police Command issued by the Spokesperson, DSP Irene Serwaa Oppong, a distress call was placed to the Ajumako District Police Command from Enyan Abowinnum.
She said: “When [the] police arrived at the scene, suspect Kwesi Tandoh, aged 40, had locked their house and waiting with a gun for anyone who will try to rescue any of his family members.”
According to DSP Oppong, the suspect, who was met firing sporadically from his room, allegedly killed himself later.
She explained: “The room was broken into by [the] police, but found the wife struggling for survival.”
She indicated that the wife was quickly rushed to the Ajumako District Hospital, but died later while receiving treatment.
“One of their children, Richmond Tandoh, aged 14, and the father were found in a pool of blood with gunshot wounds in their heads and chest,” the police said.
They were pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital, and their bodies have been conveyed to Our Lady of Grace Hospital Mortuary, Breman Asikuma, for preservation and autopsy.
Three of the children survived
The other three remaining children are 5, 9, and 17 years survived their father’s deadly onslaught, because they hid safely in the room.
According to the police, a single barrel shotgun, one locally manufactured pistol, a cutlass and weedicide were found in the room.
Support for the traumatised children.
The Command, in collaboration with the Regional Social Welfare Office, has sent the three children to a shelter, while the Guidance and Counseling Unit of the University of Cape Coast is giving them psychological support.