The family of a man who was killed by the police at the Kwabeng Police Station in the Eastern region has refuted police reports that he was mentally ill.
According to the family, Owusu Anyimadu [now deceased] worked at Burma Camp in Accra and was in the town for a funeral.
According to the Eastern Regional Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ebenezer Tetteh, the deceased stormed the police premises armed with a machete on Sunday threatening to kill officers on duty.
He said the two officers present fled the scene and called for help from a SWAT team at Akyem Kwabeng.
A member of the SWAT team according to the police shot the upper part of Owusu Anyimadu leading to his death after efforts to overpower him failed.
But speaking in an interview on Accra-based Citi FM, brother of the deceased, Ampem Darkwah, called the police account a lie and threatened to report the matter to the Inspector General of Police to seek legal redress.
“The police are lying because when he went there, there were only two police personnel on duty and they were not holding anything. So if he wanted to do anything, he would have killed them before the SWAT people came…We have to report to the IGP to investigate and take action or we will go to court,” he said.