GAF investigates death of civilian shot by soldier

GAF investigates death of civilian shot by soldier

Investigations have commenced into the case in which a soldier is said to have accidentally shot a civilian at Ashaiman in Accra on Sunday, April 5, 2020.

A statement by the Ghana Armed Forces stated that the incident occurred when a civilian resisted an arrest for breaking the lockdown directives and attempted to disarm a soldier who was arresting him.

“The suspect sustained life-threatening injuries and while being conveyed to the hospital for medical attention, unfortunately, passed on. The body has been deposited at the Police Hospital morgue in Accra. Investigations have already commenced into the incident,” GAF said in a release.

Below is the full release.

MILITARY PRESS RELEASE

The Ghana Armed Forces is investigating an incident that occurred in Ashiaman, Accra on Sunday 5 April 2020. The incident involved an attempt by a civilian to disarm a soldier who was conducting an arrest as part of OP COVID SAFETY.

The civilian was being arrested on suspicion of indulging in illegal conduct contrary to the Narcotics Act. Initial reports are that the suspect in resisting arrest attempted to disarm the soldier leading to a struggle during which the soldier’s rifle accidentally went off.

The suspect sustained life-threatening injuries and while being conveyed to the hospital for medical attention, unfortunately, passed on.

The body has been deposited at the Police Hospital morgue in Accra.
Investigations have already commenced into the incident.

The Ghana Armed Forces wishes to assure the general public that details of its investigations will be duly communicated.

SIGNED
E AGGREY-QUASHIE Colonel Director of Public Relations

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