A 40-year-old palm wine tapper and spiritualist, Kwesi Tandoh, has shot himself dead, after killing his wife and 14-year-old son at Enyan Abowinum in the Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam District of the Central Region.
He is said to have shot Abena Nyamekye, a 43-year-old trader, with whom he had been married for 18 years, for accusing him of infidelity and later shot his son, Richmond Tandoh in full rage.
Speaking to the media, the Ajumako District Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Stephen Tetteh said Tandoh shot himself in the face after exhausting his bullets in a fire exchange with the police.
Superintendent Tetteh said at about 2230 hours Wednesday, May 11, 2022, the police received information on the murder incident and rushed to the scene.
He said they found that Tandoh had locked his dying wife, the body of his son, and his three other children in the house and was standing outside with a gun in readiness to shoot anyone who would try to rescue them.
The police chief said the police engaged him in a shootout and after spending almost all his bullets, Tandoh shot himself dead with the last one.
The police proceeded to break into the house and found his wife struggling and rushed her to the Ajumako District Hospital, where she later died while receiving treatment.
The Commander said Richmond Tandoh, the son, was found dead in a pool of blood with gunshot wounds on his head and chest.
They managed to rescue his remaining three children, Kofi Bronya, aged 17, Elizabeth Tandoh,9, and Edna Tandoh, 5, who had hidden themselves in a room.
“The bodies have been conveyed to Our Lady of Grace Mortuary at Breman Essikuma for preservation and autopsy,” he added.
Chief Superintendent Tetteh said a single-barrelled gun, a locally manufactured pistol, four spent AAA cartridges, a cutlass, and a bottle of weedicide were retrieved from the room.
He noted that the Central Regional Police Command had sent the children to Elmina for shelter and had provided counseling services to them.
The incident had thrown the entire community into a state of shock and grief, he added.