Berekum murder: Suspect should have been arrested – Security Consultant

Fraud and Security Consultant Richard Kumadoe has said the police in Berekum should have arrested the suspect who stabbed their colleague in the neck to death instead of killing him.

Sergeant Bright Annobil, who worked at the Nyamebekyere Police Station, in Berekum, was stabbed to death on Saturday, January 15, 2022, by a suspect he had gone to arrest. The Bono Regional police’s earlier statement said, the suspect used a knife – hidden on him – to stab Sergeant Annobil when they got to the frontage of the Nyamebekyere Police Station.

“A manhunt was launched in the Berekum township to track down the suspect and when he was found at his hideout at Komfuokrom, a suburb of Berekum, he again attacked and attempted to stab the arresting officers with the knife. He was shot after several attempts to disarm him failed. He was also sent to the Holy Family Hospital for treatment but was pronounced dead on arrival,” the police said.

But reacting to this development, in an exclusive interview with Aniwaba, Mr. Kumadoe said: “I would have preferred the police arresting the suepect(s) instead of shooting to kill especially when one of their own was stabbed to death and they will need a living suspect to help in the investigation.”

Richard Kumadoe said, the police should use ‘shoot to kill’ as the last resort.  

“The police under certain circumstances can defend by shooting to kill suspects but that approach should be the last option especially when officers are not in [real] danger, and have the capacity to neutralise any form of threat against them,” he said.

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