A shoot-out between the police and four armed robbers at Sawaba in Kumasi in the early hours of yesterday has left one of the robbers dead.
A policeman was also injured in the melee.
The robber, believed to be about 30, was shot in the head, chest and legs, leading to his instant death.
The injured policeman was hit in the waist and is on admission at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.
The Ashanti Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DSP) Patrick Timbillah, told journalists that about 12 midnight a police patrol team spotted a taxi at Dote, a Kumasi suburb, with only the driver inside.
About 12.30 a.m. the team met the taxi again, that time at Sawaba and with five persons, including the driver, on board.
DSP Timbillah stated that the police signalled the driver to stop, saying that just as he stopped the four robbers came out and opened fire on the police.
At that point, the taxi sped off, leaving behind the four robbers. The police returned fire, which killed the victim, while the others fled.
The commander appealed to health institutions to be on the look out for any men who would report there with gunshot wounds, since they could be the suspects.
In another development, the police retrieved two vehicles that had been snatched from their owners by armed robbers at midnight yesterday.
The vehicles are a VW Vento, with registration number GW 2594 T, and a Nissan pick-up, with registration number GE 1118 Z belonging to the ministry of Mines and Energy.
DSP Timbillah gave the assurance that the police would take the war to the criminals and appealed to the public to volunteer information on suspected criminals.