Ghanaian pastor, Sylvester Ofori, has been arrested for shooting his wife dead in the United States of America.
Ofori killed his wife, who was identified as Barbara Tommey, outside the Navy Federal Credit Union branch where she worked.
Orlando Police Department Chief said she was shot and killed as she arrived for work on Tuesday morning.
Ofori shot Tommey multiple times and immediately fled the scene.
He was later arrested by detectives of the Orlando Police Department.
Police said a warrant was served at the suspect’s apartment and Ofori taken into custody.
“You can tell that she’s trying to get inside (the credit union). Unfortunately, he killed her,” Police Chief Orlando Rolon said.
“You can tell she was surprised by what was happening.”
An eyewitness, who only provided her first name as Lisa, spoke with local media, saying Ofori was walking behind her before he brought out his gun and shot her.
“The guy was walking behind her. The next thing I knew, he raised his hand with the gun in it and he shot her.
“I started running and as I’m running, I hear three or four more shots.
“I’m shaken up right now, I’m still shaken up,” she said. The police added that the shooting was captured on surveillance video, adding that Ofori will face a charge of first degree murder with a firearm.
It’s still unclear what led to Tommey’s murder but authorities told WESH 2 that the couple who wed in 2015 were going through a divorce. Ofori was arrested in 2016 for resisting arrest after an officer responded to an argument between the two.
A day before the shooting, Ofori also posted a cryptic message on Facebook about the “extreme” side of “loving people.”
“One thing ppl gotta understand about extremely kind, nice, loving people is that their other side is just as EXTREME,” he wrote.
Detective Matthew Rogers told the Orlando Sentinel that the couple had been living separately for months but further details about their relationship are still being investigated.
“The background story and previous dealings with them, be it through our calls for service should there have been any or any previous incidents between them will be identified at a later time,” Rogers said.
On its website, Floodgates of Heaven International Ministries describes Ofori, who was born in Accra, Ghana, as “a powerful internationally known prophet of the Most High God.”
“Prophet Ofori accepted God’s sovereign commission for his life at an early age. He attributes his zeal for God to his parents who instilled the fear of the Lord in the hearts of all five of their children. He and his three brothers are highly sought after crusade and revival speakers,” the church said, citing his extensive spiritual gifts.
“Through the awesome power of the Lord working through him the sick are healed, the demon possessed are delivered, witchcraft schemes are exposed and nullified, the lame walk, the blind see, and the broken are made whole; these are some of the many miracles that are repeatedly manifested throughout this ministry,” the church said.
Investigators apprehended Ofori at an apartment building on Raleigh Street where he once lived with Tommey.
Rogers said there’s no excuse for Tommey’s murder.
“Someone committed a heinous act of violence toward a loved one and there’s no excuse for that,” the detective said.