Police begin investigations into alleged suicide by officer

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The Ghana Police Service is investigating circumstances surrounding the death of a policeman who is alleged to have taken his life at Nungua on Sunday.

Sergeant Emmanuel Amede [with service number 34586 ] is said to have shot himself with his official AK 47 rifle, which he booked from work.

According to the wife of the deceased, the 44-year-old woke up from sleep and drove her and the children out of the room, before shooting himself.

She said although her cry for help drew the attention of some neighbours in the barracks who are also police officers, there was little they could do because Mr Amede immediately shot himself.

Accra Regional Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Efia Tenge, who confirmed the sad happening said the deceased shot himself in the throat before neighbours could help.

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According to her, the deceased was scheduled for night patrol duties on Saturday for which reason he booked for the rifle.

He was expected to return the gun the next morning.

The Police PRO said it is suspected that Mr Amede rather went straight home instead of going to work.

She said preliminary information available to the police does not reveal the deceased had any troubled history.

DSP Tenge added that they are investigating what may have led to the incident.

The body has since been deposited at the Police Hospital morgue for preservation and autopsy.

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