Woman, 32, killed by stray bullet

A 32-year old lady, Mary Aboagye lost her life when a stray bullet hit her at the back seat of a vehicle during an exchange of fire between a police patrol team and some robbers around Esuekyir in the Cape Coast metropolis of the Central Region.

The husband, Aboagye Okyere, 47, who was in the taxi with the deceased  got injured while Cecilia Mensah, 15, a student who was standing at the roadside looking for a vehicle at the time of the incident was also injured.

The police, however, managed to arrest two of the suspected robbers, namely Joseph Quansah, 36 and Daniel Ewusi, 32, who also received some degree of injury and were rushed to the hospital for treatment.

All the three injured persons are currently receiving treatment at the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital and their conditions are reportedly stable.

The taxi cab was in front of the police patrol vehicle and rear of the saloon car used by the robbers during the time of the shootout.

The Central Regional Police Commander, DCOP Paul Awini at a briefing at his office yesterday, confirmed that the Inspector General of Police (IGP) yesterday directed the CIP headquarters in Accra, to take over investigations into the death of the lady and the injury suffered by the victims.

Giving a background to the unfortunate incident, he said that, the police had information that a BMW saloon car with registration number GT 4523J was being used by suspected armed robbers in an operation.

He said on reaching the police barrier at Twifo Praso and Jukwa, the suspected armed robbers caused damage to the barricades and then sped off. The police then chased the robbers, subsequently ignoring a signal by a police on duty.

According to him the suspected robbers nearly knocked down a policeman on duty at the Brimsu Barrier.

DCOP Awini further said that, on reaching Ankaful junction, the suspected robbers started firing at the police leading to the patrol team returning fire.

He further indicated that, during the exchange of fire, there was a taxi cab with registration number CR 523-17 which was caught up between the police and the robbers resulting in the bullet hitting the deceased.

He explained that, in the process, the vehicle used by the robbers ran into a ditch which made way for the one suspected to be firing to run into a nearby bush while the other two occupants were arrested.

The police found seven live goats and five dead goats in the vehicle upon a search, he said.

From David O. Yarboi-Tetteh, Cape Coast

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