Two of the suspects, who were part of a four-member robbery gang, were shot dead by the police when they were on the brink of escaping after they had been arrested and hauled to the Kumasi Central Station on Monday evening around 8:30pm.
On Tuesday morning, police intelligence indicated that one ‘Abacha’, the ring leader of the dangerous robbery gang, was hiding at Esaase near Adankwame so the police laid ambush in the area in a bid to apprehend the suspect.
Abacha, who was armed, started shooting at the policemen, and in the process, a cop got hit by a bullet. This compelled the other policemen to fire back, resulting in the death of Abacha.
The injured policeman, whose name was not given to the media, is said to be responding to treatment at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi.
The bodies of the three suspects are currently at the morgue of the same hospital.
The Ashanti Regional Police Command has also launched a manhunt for the arrest of the other member of the notorious group.
The four-member group who the Ashanti Regional Police Commander, DCOP Augustine Gyenning described as “a terrible group”, is made up of ex-convicts who usually rob micro finance companies, super markets and mobile phone shops at gun point.
Offensive items such as an AK 47 assault rifle with 39 live ammunition, one pump action gun with 14 live rounds of ammunition, one German pistol with 18 rounds of 9mm live ammunition, two machetes and a commercial vehicle number plate bearing the registration number, AS 1376-12, were found on them.
DCOP Gyenning, at a press conference on Tuesday morning, described the death of the three suspects who had been on the police wanted list for some time now as a major breakthrough for the police in the region in their fight against crime.
He said on Monday around 7:30pm, two policemen who had closed from work chanced upon the four-member gang in a Toyota Corolla taxi cab at Nketia near Adankwame and managed to arrest two of them, whilst the other two suspected criminals managed to escape.
He said the police searched the Toyota Corolla thoroughly and found some offensive weapons.
The security operatives then hauled the two ex-convicts, one of whom is Kojo Kyei, 25, to the Kumasi Central Police Station for questioning.
On reaching the Kumasi Central Police Station, the two arrested suspects who were not in handcuffs, managed to disentangle themselves from the policemen and scaled a wall, trying to flee, but the policemen acted swiftly by shooting them dead.
DCOP Gyenning said police intelligence had it that one ‘Abacha,’ believed to be the leader of the gang, was hiding at Esaase so the police hurriedly rushed to the area to arrest him.
But upon seeing the police, Abacha fired at the policemen, injuring one of them, and therefore forcing the policemen to return fire.
DCOP Gyenning said the police were leaving no stone unturned in their bid to arrest the fourth member of the group.
The four-member gang was linked to robbery incidents including one at Dream Financial Services at Atwima Koforidua where they managed to bolt with GH¢5,000.
By I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi