A suspected member of a three-man car snatching syndicate has been shot dead at Nyame-Bekyere on the Koforidua-Mamfe highway by police officers, Tuesday.

He was shot while the gang was escaping with a Toyota Yaris taxi they had snatched a day before. 

According to the Eastern Regional Police PRO, DSP Ebenezer Tetteh, the gang which operated in Koforidua, snatched the said vehicle at gunpoint around Oyoko in the New Juaben North municipality on Monday.

He said, immediately after the driver of the taxi with registration number ER 1305-19 reported the case, police officers at the various checkpoints were alerted. 

DSP Tetteh explained that when the gang reached the police checkpoint at Nyame-Bekyere, the gang refused to stop.

Attempts by the police officers to stop them proved futile so they shot at the vehicle to get them to stop killing one of the suspects (name unknown) on the spot. 

The car snatchers then ran over a metal barricade which made the police catch up with them, although by that time one of the suspects had escaped.

The third suspect, Kofi Teye, 27, was, however, arrested.