A 40-year spiritualist who would not go down without a fight, fought a gun battle with the police, before turning the gun on himself with his last bullet.
The incident happened at Enyan-Abowinum in the Ajumako, Enyan-Essiam District of the Central Region.
Kwesi Tando, armed with a loaded single-barreled gun and spare bullets, had barricaded the door to his house and standing guard outside to prevent everybody from entering the house after he had gunned down his wife of 18 years, Abena Nyamekye and son, Richmond Tando, opened fire on police officers responding to the active emergency and they returned fire.
The shootout continued until Tando turned his gun on himself with his last bullet.
This allowed the police to force their way into the house where they saw his 14-year old son, Richmond, dead in pool of blood and the wife, Nyamekye fighting for her life.
The police officers rescued three of his children aged between five and 17 years, who had locked themselves up in a room and rushed the woman to the Ajumako District Hospital, but she could not survive her gunshot wounds.
The incident has enveloped the community in shock and grief as the people struggle to figure out and come to terms with the tragic incident.
Police Chief Superintendent Stephen Tetteh, the District Police Commander, who confirmed the incident said Tando’s single barreled gun together with a locally-manufactured pistol and a cutlass had been retrieved by the police.
The bodies of the three – husband, wife and son — had been sent to a mortuary at Breman-Essikuma for preservation and autopsy.
Police initial investigations point to a spat between the husband and wife as the cause of the heartbreaking incident.
The wife is said to have accused Tando of cheating on her and he exploded in anger.