2 notorious robbers hit during shootout with police

2 notorious robbers hit during shootout with police
Source: Ghana | JoyNews | Rafiq Salaam, Wa
Date: 13-09-2019 Time: 10:09:38:am
File photo: The suspects while being down and in pain, threw the pistol that they used in firing at the police into a nearby bush.

Two suspected armed robbers were gunned down Friday morning in the Wa Municipality of the Upper West Region, during a shootout with the police.

One of the suspected robbers whose name was given only as Fataw, 22, has been described by the police as a notorious criminal who is standing trial for other alleged criminal cases in courts in the region but had been granted bail.

Narrating the incident to Joy News, Upper West Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Police Service, Inspector Gideon Boateng stated that Fataw and his accomplice, Nabil Abdul Hakeem were spotted by the police riding a motorbike on the SSNIT-Nakori road holding a goat that had its mouth tied to prevent it from bleating.

The duo, who are motorbike mechanics, upon seeing a team of police on patrol duties started firing at the officers.

The police, who were also on a motorbike, responded by firing several shots at the suspects and hit them on the lower parts of their bodies.

After the suspects were overpowered, they threw their arms – two pistols – into a nearby bush in a bid to hide them from the police.

Inspector Boateng said the police are yet to retrieve the pistols from the bush.

Currently, a team of police personnel is combing the area to retrieve the weapons.

He said investigations have commenced into the incident and the suspected armed robbers, who are on admission at the hospital, will be prosecuted.