The Anti-Robbery Task Force of the Ashanti Regional Police Command, in an intelligence-led operation, has shot two suspected armed robbers who attempted a gold heist.
They later died of their gunshot wounds at the hospital.
Another suspect, linked to the same crime, Abraham Kwasi Tetteh, has been arrested while four others are being pursued.
According to the police, the gang attempted to rob a gold dealer at Manso Dawusaso in the Amansie South District of the Ashanti region on 24 September 2021.
Members of the gang, the police said, forcibly invaded the residence of the gold dealer at about 9pm, disarmed the private security guard of his weapon and fired shots into the residence.
At this stage, a police combat team that had mounted a 24-hour surveillance on the gang, retuned fire to protect lives in and around the property, the statement said.
Four of the suspects, according to the police, managed to escape but the two who sustained gunshot wounds were arrested and sent to the hospital but were pronounced dead on arrival.
One of the deceased robbers known as Lukeman, had been granted bail by the Dunkwa Circuit Court at an earlier appearance and scheduled to reappear on October 27, 2021, for allegedly robbing passengers on the Dunkwa-Ayanfuri highway.
A manhunt is underway to track and arrest the four that escaped.
The police said they suspect that some gang members who escaped might have sustained gunshot wounds.
“We are, therefore, appealing to the public to volunteer information on anyone who is seen in or around Manso Dawusaso with noticeable gunshot wounds to the police,” the statement said.
A shotgun, a pistol and a taxi cab were taken into police custody.