Cop killed in shootout

The deceased Police officer

The deceased Police officer

A policeman was killed and another wounded during a shootout between them and an armed robber at Asofa near Achimota, in Accra on Friday.

His colleague, Corporal David Anaba also of the Command sustained a fracture when he fell down during the shootout.

Corporal Francis Aballo, 37, of the Accra Regional Police Command, was hit.

The two had gone to effect the arrest of a suspected armed robber who had attacked a family that had returned from Canada to Ghana for their late father’s funeral last week.

The Accra Regional Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Effia Tenge, told journalists yesterday that police had information that a family which had returned from Canada for their late father’s funeral was attacked at the entrance of their home upon their arrival from the airport.

“They were attacked at gun point and all items stolen from them at the entrance of the gate,” she added.

The Police PRO said the police believed the family was trailed from the airport.

She said police investigations indicated that, Kingsley Owusu was the robber and a team of personnel were dispatched to Asofa to effect his arrest. ASP Tenge said when the suspect spotted the police, he opened fire, killing Aballo on the spot and escaped.

She said a search in the room revealed a pump action gun two locally- manufactured pistols, 16 life cartridges, a sharp knife, a shirt and other items.

She said the body of Aballo had since been deposited at the Police Hospital Mortuary for preservation and autopsy. Corporal Aballo, who joined the Ghana Police Service in 2007, was married with five children.

By Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi  

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