A suspected robber opened fire on a police team, but ended up shooting a man riding a bicycle nearby.
Mamuda Sadat, described by the police as a notorious leader of a gang operating on the Bonwire road, in the Kwabre District, was said to be armed with a locally made single-barrel gun and terrorising inhabitants and robbing them of their valuables.
The gang had gone on a robbery spree in the area, last Friday, and the police were informed and laid an ambush for him.
On seeing the police, led by the Ejisu Divisional Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Laar Baman, Sadat opened fire but missed and rather hit the bicycle rider.
After the shooting incident, the police chased the suspects and succeeded in arresting Sadat. The weapon was retrieved from him.
Briefing The Ghanaian Times yesterday, C/Supt Baman said the victim, Kwasi Nipaa, 50, a kente weaver from Bonwire, was hit in the thigh and was rushed to hospital where he was treated and discharged.
C/Supt. Baman said empty shells were collected from the crime scene and forwarded for ballistic tests to help with the prosecution.
Sadat was put before the Juaben Circuit Court on Tuesday, charged provisionally with robbery.
His plea was not taken and the court, presided over by Benajamin Osei Yaw, remanded him in prison custody until August 7.
From Kingsley E. Hope, Kumasi