An armed robber who had been on police wanted list for 10 years, was gunned down by the police yesterday, during an exchange of fire at Teshie, in Accra.
Kwesi Addo, 42, described by the police as notorious, was believed to be behind a series of robberies in the metropolis.
He was reported to have escaped in 2005 from custody at the Nungua Police Station and caused the escape of five others.
A search conducted at the hotel room where he had lodged for the past three months, revealed one locally-manufactured pistol, two big sledge hammers and substances suspected to be Indian hemp,
Others items found were a bank withdrawal slip with a face value of GH¢100.00 bearing the name of Shaibu Issah, a mobile phone and credit cards, one of them bearing the name Mary Afia Pokua.
The Accra Regional Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Timothy Yoosa Bonga, told a news conference that the operation involved seven personnel, led by the Teshie District Police Commander Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Peter Yembilla.
He said police had information that the suspect was on his way for a robbery expedition.
He said at about 10 a.m. yesterday, the police had a tip-off that a notorious robber, on the police wanted list since 2005, was lodging in a hotel at Teshie, where he was planning another operation.
ACP Bonga said upon receiving the information, the police proceeded to the location.
“The robber who was about to leave the premises, spotted the police and attempted to escape amidst firing, the police returned fire and he was hit by a bullet,” ACP Bonga said.
Further investigations, he said, showed that in 2005 while Addo was in detention at the Nungua police station, he escaped and caused the escape of five other inmates which led to the reduction in rank of the then Chief Inspector who was on duty.
The Commander said police findings also indicated that he used different names such as Kwame Sarfo and Osei Kwesi.
ACP Bonga said the police noted that the suspect had been in the hotel (name withheld) for months and had been planning robbery activities from there without anyone noticing.
He said the body had since been deposited at the Police Hospital Mortuary for autopsy.
By Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi