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The incident took place in front of the famous Mantse Agbonaa Park in Jamestown, Accra, in broad daylight
Even though attempts to speak to the victim, Lawyer Bruce Thompson, was unsuccessful, eyewitness accounts say the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) boss and his siren blaring convoy were driving from the Lavender Hill area on the old Winneba Road at Korle Gonno to the AMA headquarters when they accosted the driver.
Midway in the journey, Dr Oko Vanderpuije is said to have stopped the driver of a wine-coloured Pontiac Vibe car belonging to Mr Thompson, in the middle of the road.
They claimed he was tail-gating (following) their vehicle.
This was in the early hours of yesterday (January 12, 2015) when there was huge vehicular traffic in the area.
Instantly, the police corporal opened fire to deflate the tires of the vehicle.
He is then said to have pulled the lawyer from the vehicle and threw him onto the ground to the surprise of helpless onlookers.
An obviously angry lawyer Thompson is said to have confronted the trigger-happy cop for his unprovoked action, but the policeman would not budge.
Lawyer Thompson, therefore, is said to have threatened to deal with him.
The policeman purportedly took his (lawyer's) car keys from him and so he had to join a taxi to continue his journey.
Vanderpuije and the coordinated director allegedly caused the vehicle to be towed to the premises of AMA's security outfit, close to the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum in Accra.
The bodyguard, Lance Corporal Akunor, allegedly went to report the case at the Jamestown Police Station where officers instructed him to bring the vehicle to the station.
Officials of the assembly reportedly called at the police later in a bid to withdraw the case and get it resolved amicably.
It is not too clear if they succeeded in having a deal with the lawyer.
But Mr Vanderpuije did not respond to calls by Daily Guide when the paper tried to reach him for his side of the story. ..... Read also: Accra Mayor denies ordering the shooting of lawyer's car (new window)