Some suspected robbers are reported to have gunned down a District Police Commander at Asiwa, in the Ashanti Region, Yesterday.
ASP Dennis Boateng, Asiwa District Commander, who is in critical condition, was shot in the neck by the robbers after a failed attempt to arrest them at Tufourkrom near Nsuta.
Briefing the media on the incidence, Ashanti Regional Crime Officer, ACP Peter Baba said, ASP Boateng and his team were on the trail of unknown assailants who are believed to be connected to the murder of one Moses Obodai, a 59-year-old farmer.
On their way to Asiwa—somewhere around Nsuta, the police found the road blocked and suddenly, a group of young men laid ambush and opened fire at them.
“Just as they were getting to the roadblock, they saw one person with the single-barreled gun; they ordered him to lay down that arm which he complied and he was arrested,” ACP Baba told Journalists.
He continued: “There was another barrier in front. Before they got to that roadblock, they heard several gunshots and the police commander was shot in the neck and some parts of the face, and then two CPUs [Community Police Unit] also sustained gunshot wounds.”
ASP Boateng together with his officers—Corporal Samuel Achina, CPAs Emmanuel Agyemang, Samuel Antwi and Kennedy Obeng— driver of the Assembly vehicle, sustained various degrees of gunshot wounds.
They were then rushed to the New Edubiase Government hospital where ASP Boateng was quickly referred to the Okomfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, in Kumasi.
The other four were treated and discharged at the same hospital where they were rushed to.
Meanwhile, three people have been arrested in connection with the incidence.
They have been identified as Marcus Anang, 20, Emmanuel Sekyere, 27 and Emmanuel Appiah, 17.
One of the suspects when arrested was in possession of one single barrel gun with 3 AAA cartridges.
Obodai had been attacked last week while sending his son to school. His lifeless body was found on a bushy road with machete wounds to the head, shoulders, arms and other parts of the body.
By Grace Ablewor Sogbey