Kumasi — Three suspected armed robbers were shot dead by the Ashanti Regional Police Command in the early hours of yesterday.
The robbers were said to be ex-convicts and linked to recent robberies in the Kumasi Metropolis.
According to the Police Command, the ex-convicts, numbering four, were accosted at Nketia, a community along the Adankwame-Barekese road by two policemen, but two managed to escape.
They were later sent to the Central Police Station in Kumasi and handed over to the Buffalo Unit. Whilst they were being escorted to the Buffalo Unit charge office, they attempted to escape by scaling the Regional Police Headquarters wall, but were shot dead in the process.
According to the Police Command, intelligence assisted to identify the hide-out of the leader of the criminals, Abacha, who is a notorious armed robber on the police wanted list.
In the process of arresting Abacha, a police officer sustained a gunshot wound, while the suspect was also shot dead.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Augustine Gyenin, who is Ashanti Regional Police Commander, said one AK 47 assault rifle with 39 live ammunition, a pump action gun with 14 live rounds of ammunition, one German pistol with 18 rounds 9mm live ammunition, and two machetes were retrieved from them.
The police say the robbers recently robbed the Informal Project Micro Finance Company Limited at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, and a supermarket at Ayeduase among others, and made away with an amount of GHÂÂ¢20,000.
One of the suspects is on the run, and the police are appealing to the general public to assist with information that would lead to his arrest.