COBB COUNTY, Ga. - Channel 2 Action News has confirmed that a man accused of shooting and killing his estranged wife and her new boyfriend, is a federal law enforcement officer.
A spokeswoman for United States Customs and Border Protection said Michael Ntiamoah, 32, worked as a uniformed officer at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
"I guess people just snap and make horrible decisions," said one neighbor who didn't want to be identified. "I think it's something to be looked into really. I'm shocked that he was that much of a public official. I'm really shocked," she added.
Cobb County police said Ntiamoah showed up on Bexley Place early Saturday morning at the home of his estranged wife, Fatoumata Ntiamoah, and her new boyfriend, Mohamed Zaine.
Neighbors said they heard nearly 30 shots, and watched as Ntiamoah chased his wife down the street shooting at her. She died in a neighbor's driveway. Zaine was found inside their home.
"That feels less scary than a drug deal gone bad," said neighbor Rob Carswell. He was relieved to hear the shootings were a personal matter, but was concerned about Ntiamoah's job.
"What are the standards for becoming a law enforcement federal official? It's kind of scary and are we to the point where we're employing so many that we let standards slip? That's a big question," Carswell told Channel 2 Action News investigative reporter Jodie Fleischer.
The spokeswoman would not disclose Ntiamoah's specific duties or how long he'd been with the federal agency. Cobb police would not confirm whether his service weapon was used in the shootings, saying any description of the gun is considered evidence.
Customs and Border Protection officers are responsible for screening people and their belongings, along with cargo as they enter the country.
The agency would not release any information about whether the officer would be suspended pending his trial.
Ntiamoah is being held without bond at the Cobb County Jail.
I must say that the main thing I take away from this case (apart from the obvious) is the question:
Isn't it some sort of conflict of interest for an immigrant, particularly one from a Third World country with high rates of corruption, to serve as a Customs and Border Protection officer?
I assume the job would include interviewing people about their visas and their reasons for entering the U.S. at the airport.
What's worrying is that I'm now so used to news like this, so used to the madness of it all just being taken as normal, that that was genuinely my first question on the matter.
Still, I suppose he'll now be filling a prison cell that an American just wouldn't fill.
As for the question Robert Carswell raises in the article - is it that they're employing so many federal officers these days, or is it more that they have to tick so many boxes about celebrating diversity that the likes of Ntiamoah looks far better to a recruitment officer than he really should?
Hat tip: View from the Right.