The police said the two suspects defied their orders to surrender and instead engaged them in a deadly exchange of fire.
A suspected gangster was on Thursday afternoon shot dead by the police while an accomplice, with whom he had been robbing members of the public in Kayole, managed to escape.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in tweet said they got a tip off from members of the public and confronted the suspects who defied their orders to surrender and instead engaged them in an exchange of fire.
One of the two suspects was fatally injured in the shootout. The police said they recovered a pistol and one round of ammunition from the slain suspect.
"Detectives working on info, today afternoon approached a gang of two armed men robbing members of the public in Kayole. They challenged them to stop and surrender but instead they fired at the officers. Detectives returned fire and fatally injured one gangster. A pistol and 1 round were recovered," DCI said on its Twitter handle.
The incident follows similar ones between police officers and suspected criminals which have resulted in several fatalities.