21 January 2013

Liberia: Police, Armed Robbers in Gun Battle

Dyujah Bestman Armed Officers of the Liberia National Police and several suspected armed robbers were engaged into intense exchange of gunfire in the Mount Barclay area in which at least one suspected criminal was shot dead and five others arrested.

The suspected criminal gang attacked several homes in Mount Barclay thus, putting residents at gunpoint and threatening to kill them if they refused to surrender their valuables including cash.

As the armed robbers terrorized the peaceful residents early Saturday, January 19, 2013, one of the victims managed to call the police on one of its emergency numbers.

Deputy Police Director for Operation Abraham Kromah told journalists that after they received the call, officers were dispatched on the scene immediately but were greeted with gunfire from the criminals.

Col. Kromah said the armed police officers returned fire leaving one of the armed robbers dead. He disclosed that five others including two dismissed police officers were arrested with weapons.

Kormah said the police retrieved three guns and several live bullets from the criminal suspects which include former police officers Jonathan Dosin,34, and Charles Doewee,26 along with Emmanuel Peter,24,and Prince Mendee,30.

He said while the matter is still being investigated, the suspects will be charged and forwarded to court.

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