The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), James Oppong-Boanuh has placed a GH¢10,000 bounty on the head of the suspected armed robbers said to have shot and killed a policeman and wounded two others on Wednesday morning at Mankessim in the Central region.
The policeman, Lance Corporal Kingsley Boahen was said to have gone jogging when the incident occurred at Wednesday dawn.
The suspected robbers had earlier stormed the Zen filling station on the Mankessim-Assin Fosu road and robbed the facility at around 2am, a press statement signed by the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in charge of Public Affairs in the Central Region, Irene Serwaa Oppong.
The police managed to foil the operation of the robbers after heated gun exchanges which led to the injury of the two other officers.
“However, at about 0430 hours of the same day, the body of the deceased Police officer who was not on duty and was in civil clothing was found with gunshot wounds at a distance of about 200 metres away from the robbery scene.”
The police assured that it has begun investigations to establish the facts of the events leading to the death and injury of the Officers.
In a related development, two suspected armed robbers were on Tuesday shot dead during an exchange of fire with the police at Oyibi, a suburb of Accra.
The deceased identified as Ali Abass also called Ali Hero and Charles Donkor also known as Killer Boss, were said to be on the police wanted listed for the past two years for their involvement in the Royal Motors robbery, Ashiaman Filling Station robbery and Kwabenya jail break among other criminal activities.
Items retrieved from them were one SMG Mark 4 rifle, two Mark 2 rifles, one G3 219mm ammunition, one Mark 4 Riffle, two Mall Hammers 47 rounds of AK 47 ammunition, six G3 ammunitions, pair of handcuffs, two axes and a face mask.
The Accra Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Frederick Adu Anim, told journalists at a press briefing in Accra that the Accra Regional Intelligence Unit received information about a group of armed robbers who were going to embark on a robbery spree at Oyibi and Apollonia, all in Accra.
DCOP Anim said in the early hours of Tuesday morning, a team of policemen acting on this information proceeded to Oyibi on surveillance.
Close to the Oyibi check point, he said, the team intercepted a green Nissan pickup, with the robbers on board.
DCOP Anim said when the suspects’ driver was signalled to stop, he refused and sped off.
According to him, the Police pursued the vehicle and when they were closing up, the suspects started firing at the police leading to a shoot-out.
DCOP Anim said the deceased, Donkor sustained gunshots wounds but was pronounced dead on arrival at the Police Hospital in Accra.
The Commander said further intelligence led to the hide out of his accomplices at Dodowa Bawaleshie (near Block factory) where on seeing the police, engaged in an exchange of fire with them.