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Ghanaian Man Shoots Wife, Kills Himself in Columbus, Ohio

The Columbus Division of Police has initiated an investigation into a tragic shooting incident that resulted in the death of a man and critical injuries to a woman who is believed to be his wife. The deceased, identified as 49-year-old Kwabena Michael Amoako, allegedly shot his wife before turning the firearm on himself.

This harrowing event unfolded from what authorities describe as a domestic violence episode.

Following the incident, the 50-year-old woman was swiftly transported to Riverside Methodist Hospital in critical condition, her life hanging in the balance. Reports indicate that law enforcement received a distress call regarding a domestic violence complaint in the 4800 block of Glendon Road, situated just north of Morse Road, at approximately 10:35 p.m.

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Upon arriving at the scene, officers discovered both Amoako and the woman suffering from gunshot wounds. Tragically, Amoako was pronounced dead by medical personnel at 11:05 p.m. Expressing shock at the turn of events, Michael Montgomery, a neighbor residing next door, revealed his perception of the couple, stating, “They were nice, never had any problems with them.” Montgomery learned about the shooting when the couple’s three sons knocked on his door seeking assistance.

According to Montgomery, the 16-year-old son informed him that an argument had ensued, punctuated by two gunshots. Alarmed by the commotion, the sons promptly fled their residence and sought refuge at Montgomery’s. Despite their pleas, their father denied them entry into the house, leading them to seek help from their neighbor.

“The 16-year-old said they were arguing, they heard two bangs, ran out the door and came over here. They heard the shooting and dad wouldn’t let them back in the house, so they came knocking on the door, ” Montgomery narrated.

Amoako and his wife, who actively participated in various community activities organized by the Ghanaian community in Columbus, have been residing in their home for nearly a decade, as shared by Montgomery.

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Notably, the Columbus Division of Police disclosed that domestic violence-related homicides account for 20% of all homicides in the city of Columbus thus far this year. This revelation was made by Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther last month, who has been advocating for the implementation of new gun laws.

Mayor Ginther highlighted the potential benefits of red flag laws, stating, “If we had red flag laws in place, those folks who have been targeted by abusers could have sought out help.” He acknowledged that while such legislation may not entirely prevent all domestic violence-related homicides, it could make a difference in the lives of affected families, underscoring the importance of such measures.

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