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Another police officer commits suicide at Tema

A 56-year-old DSP Asiam Divine Yao of the Ghana police service has committed suicide by shooting himself with his own gun. The incident was reported to have happened at Tema Community 18 where the deceased resides.

He was pronounced dead at the Police Hospital on Valentine’s Day, 2021.

A police situation report sighted by said at about 07:45 hours today, Valentine’s Day, the Adjei-Kojo District Crime Officer gathered information to the effect that “there was a shooting incident in the room of DSP Devine Asiam of Tema Courts Unit at Borteyman”.

“Men were dispatched to the scene and met the officer with a gunshot wound around his left eye suspected to be self-inflicted and bleeding profusely but still alive. He was quickly rushed to the Police Hospital for medical attention where he was admitted but died shortly after”, the reported noted.

It continued that the “police returned to the room where the incident happened and retrieved a Pietro Berretta pistol smeared with blood on the floor”.

“Four live rounds of ammunition were found in its magazine”, the report said.

It added: “A suicide note dated 14/02/2021 at about 01.30 hrs and a spent shell were also retrieved”.

According to the report, “the exhibits retrieved are being kept for evidence”.

“The District Crime Officer, DSP Akrofi Ansah and the investigator, D/PW/Sgt. Victoria Afedo, proceeded to the Police Hospital where he was seen on a stretcher in a supine position. Examination on the body revealed gunshot wounds to the chin and top of his left eye, suggesting he shot himself under his chin and the bullet exited through the top of his left eye”, the report described.

It said the “crime scene officers have been notified and are proceeding to the scene. Further development will be communicated”.

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