Police in the Ashanti Region engaged four suspected armed robbers in exchange of fire at Santasi Kajasi, leading to the killing of two of them suspects, while the two others managed to escape.
The police are therefore appealing to residents to provide information to assist in the arrest of two suspects.
A statement from the police, signed by the Ashanti Regional Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Godwin Ahianyo said police got several distress calls that the four the armed men were robbing and terrorizing residents of Santasi Kajasi and Oteng Nkwanta at about 2am on Wednesday, December 30.
It said the police therefore dispatched a patrol team in the area to move in quickly and salvage the situation.
ASP Godwin Ahianyo said armed robbers opened fire at a police patrol team upon seeing them and the police returned fire, killing two them on the spot.
He said the two other managed on to escape but police believe they sustained gunshot wounds.
The Police PRO said the found out that the four had at the time robbed about five houses and stolen stuff like laptops, mobile phones, cash and other valuable items.
He said the police did a spot search where the two were shot and found one foreign pistol loaded with three (3) live ammunition, one (1) revolver with three spent ammunition, two (2) big back packs containing three (3) laptops computers, twenty four (24) assorted mobile phones, two machetes and a cash sum of GHC3,580.
ASP Godwin Ahianyo said the mortal remains of the two deceased suspects have been deposited that the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital morgue, while police mount a search for the other two.
Below is the full statement from the police.
The Ashanti Regional Police Patrol Teams today 30th December, 2020 at 2:00am engaged some suspected armed robbers in a shootout leading to the death of two of them.
The suspected armed robbers numbering about four had embarked on a robbery expedition at Santasi Kajasi, Oteng Nkwanta and its environs, where they succeeded in robbing occupants of about five (5) houses of their monies, mobile phones, Laptops and other Personal effects.
The Police Information Room and Command Centre received a number of distress calls on the robbery and dispatched Police Patrol Teams within the area to the Scene. The robbers on seeing Police opened fire. The Team also returned fire leaving two of the suspected robbers between the ages of 20, and 30 years dead, two others who are suspected to have sustained gun shots wounds managed to escape.
On the spot search at the scene, revealed Two weapons: one Foreign pistol loaded with three (3) live ammunition, One (1) revolver with three spent ammunition, two (2) big back packs containing three (3) Laptops Computers, Twenty Four (24) assorted mobile phones, two machetes and a cash sum of Three Thousand Five Hundred and Eighty Cedis (3,580.00).
The bodies of the deceased persons have since been deposited at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital awaiting identification and autopsy, whilst efforts are underway to get those who managed to escape arrest.
Meanwhile, the Command is appealing to all medical facilities in the region and elsewhere to be on the lookout for anyone who visits their facilities with suspected gunshot wounds to report same to the nearest Police Station or call the following Police emergency telephone numbers – 18555 or 191 to assist Police with information.
We are grateful for your usual cooperation and take the opportunity to wish all and sundry a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous happy New Year.
ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT OF POLICE
PUBLIC RELATION OFFICER/ASH