A 32-year-old man, Richard Opoku, was on Sunday gunned down in a shootout with police at Katamanso near Tema in Greater Accra after trying to steal a Hyundai Sonata saloon car.
They were said to have taken the car at gun point at the Titanic Beach at Community 3, Tema at about 7:00pm.
According to her, Umar was sitting in the vehicle along the beach with a female friend when the five men, two of whom were masked and attacked with locally manufactured pistols.
Umar and his lady friend were pulled out of the vehicle and escorted to the shore by Opoku and his gang and were abandoned there.
She said few minutes later, Umar went to check on his car and found out that the robbers had taken it away. He then lodged a complaint at the Community 2 Police Station.
ASP Obeng said a few hours later, a snap checkpoint at Katamanso signalled the Hyundai Saloon car that fitted the description of the stolen car to stop but the driver ignored the signal and rather sped off.
The police officer detailed for that snap checkpoint pursued the car with his personal motorbike until the driver of the saloon car in an attempt to escape from police, knocked down the police rider and run into a ditch.
Exchange of gunfire
She said the five occupants of the car including the driver then got down from the vehicle and took to their heels amidst firing of gunshots at the police.
“The officer returned fire when he realized his life was in immediate danger and in the process shot the deceased, Opoku, who was the driver while his four other accomplices managed to escape,” she said.
According to her, the vehicle was retrieved along with a cutlass and a mobile phone.
She said preliminary police investigations revealed that the deceased who was the leader of the gang had recently been granted bail by a Tema court for similar offence of car-jacking which was under investigation by the Tema Regional Police Command.