Officers of the Emergency Respond Unit (ERU) of the Liberia National Police (LNP) shot one suspected armed robber dead early Saturday morning, and arrested four others for alleged armed robbery following a shootout between the ERU and the suspects in the Mount Barclay area.
Though police declined revealing the name of the victim, they however listed two dismissed officers of the LNP, including Charles Doewee and Jonathan Dosin of the erstwhile Special Operations Division (SOD) along with Emmanuel Peters and Prince Mendee for allegedly executing the armed robbery.
As for suspect Charles Dowee, police say he was dismissed from the Police Support Unit (PSU) following his alleged involvement in acts unbecoming of a police officer, while police record shows that Jonathan Dosin is a former officer of the SOD of the LNP during former President Charles Taylor's regime.
A police statement issued in Monrovia Sunday quotes Deputy Police Director for Operations, Abraham Kromah as saying the ERU responded effectively to the armed robbery scene following calls from members of the community, seeking police rescue from the hands of armed robbers who had held them hostage in demand of money and other valuable items.
The Deputy Police Chief added that following the ERU response to the crime scene, they came under fire from the armed robbers, at which time one of the robbers was shot and later pronounced dead at the John F. Kennedy Hospital in Monrovia upon arrival there.
Director Kromah reported the recovery of two single barrel pistols with several round of shots from the crime scene during the police operations in Mount Barclay outside Monrovia.
In the wake of the unfolding development between the police and armed robbers, the Deputy Police Chief has delighted that the LNP was able to reduce its response time to crime scene which made it "possible for the police to arrest the four men" being investigated at the National Police Headquarters in Monrovia.
"It takes us less than ten minutes now to respond to crime scene anywhere around the country", the Deputy boss noted. He assured that the police will not relent in the execution of its duty, urging community dwellers to help the police combat crimes across the country.
He stressed that in the wake of the drawdown by the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), it was significant for members of the public to rally around the police in giving credible information that will help the force in the prevention of crimes.
"Thanks to the people of Mount Barclay for calling the police; we will encourage others community dwellers to do the same which will eventually help the police fight crime from our society", he said.
Meanwhile, the police have revealed the suspect Jonathan Dosin, 34, is of the Krahn tribe; Emmanuel Peter, 24, and Charles Doewee, 26, are members of Gio tribe, while Prince Mendee, 30, is of the Kissi tribe.
In a related development, the police have also arrested an alleged Nigerian gun dealer in Monrovia, following a tip off. Police authorities say the suspect is currently in custody at the Police Headquarters in Monrovia undergoing interrogations.
The Nigerian has so far allegedly admitted to bringing weapons into the country, with single barrels guns predominantly being used by armed robbers to carry out robbery at the homes of residents in Monrovia and its environs.