Robber gunned down… In exchange of fire with Police

•   David Bortey (alias Macho) after his arrest.    INSET: The pump action gun that was retrieved by police.

• David Bortey (alias Macho) after his arrest. INSET: The pump action gun that was retrieved by police.

A suspected armed robber was gunned down when his gang engaged the police in a shootout at Tema New Town.

The body of the robber, known only as Sallah has been deposited at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital Mortuary for autopsy.

An accomplice, David Bortey, alias ‘Macho’ or Abortsong, 37, described by the police as notorious was arrested while other members of the gang managed to escape.

The police retrieved a pump action gun from the scene and identified it to be the same weapon used to murder Frank Owoteh, the employee of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority’s last week.

Briefing newsmen on the incident yesterday, the Tema Regional Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Juliana Obeng, said at about 2:30 a.m. on October 3, robbers stormed Abotsewe, a suburb of Tema New Town adjacent the Naval Base junction.

They entered a house but the owner Nii Teiko Tagoe, engaged the one wielding a pump action gun in a struggle, while the wife started screaming for help.

During the struggle over the weapon, two live cartridges fell on the floor and the visibly shaken robbers took to their heels.

ASP Obeng said the police were immediately informed of the incident and leads provided regarding the names of the suspects and their hideout.

The police mobilised and swooped on the hideout but on seeing them Sallah pulled out a knife and threatened to kill the leader of the team.

As the police advanced further, Sallah pulled out a pump action gun and started firing warning shots to scare away the police while other members of the gang fled”.

ASP Obeng said the police returned fire and Sallah was shot dead.

Bortey was arrested after a chase, and he admitted being part of the attempted robbery at Abotsewe.

It also emerged that Sallah was part of the group which carried out the robbery at Acheampong Village in Tema New Town.

ASP appealed to residents of Tema New Town to volunteer information that would lead to the arrest of the escaped robbers.

From Godfred Blay Gibbah, Tema

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