A 72-year-old fire volunteer at Nsoatre in the Sunyani West District in the Brong Ahafo Region was shot dead by an unknown assailant on the Adoyie Road, at Nsoatre.
The deceased, Issifu Kofi Anane aka Tico, was in the company of members of the Community Fire Volunteer Squad, who were on their way to monitor activities to prevent bushfires, when he was shot by an unidentified gunman.
Anane, who has been described as a dedicated fire volunteer by some residents of the town since his youthful days, died on the spot and his body has been deposited at the Regional Hospital mortuary awaiting autopsy.
Briefing the Daily Graphic on the incident, the Sunyani Municipal Fire Officer, Assistant Divisional Fire Officer (Mr) Francis Gaisie, said the deceased was a member of the Nsoatre Fire Volunteer Squad who were on their dawn patrol at about 4.30 a.m. on Wednesday to help prevent the annual bushfires that occurred during the dry season in the area when the unknown gunman, believed to be a hunter, shot him to death.
He said the deceased and his colleagues were on their way just some few metres from the Nsoatre township on the Adoyie Road when he (deceased) saw someone sporting a hunter’s lamp coming to their direction and therefore alerted them but before they could react the unknown gunman opened fire on them, which led to the death of the deceased.
Mr Gaisie said as a result of the shooting by the unknown gunman, his other colleagues became scared to go near the assailant but after some time they gathered courage and attempted to arrest the gunman but he fled the scene leaving behind the gun and a bicycle.
He said the group made a report to the Nsoatre Police who went to the scene to convey the body of the deceased to the Regional Hospital mortuary.
Meanwhile the police have launched a manhunt to arrest the culprit and appealed to residents to assist them with any information.