The police in Tema have shot dead a robbery suspect in their custody, who attempted escaping while touring his weapon lairs with the law officers.
Joseph Mensah, popularly known as ‘Sharp’, was arrested on Wednesday, 10 February 2021 during investigations regarding a highway robbery involving GHS900,000.
The robbers attacked a Sprinter bus with 15 workers of B5 Metals Company on board, on 14 December 2020.
The stolen money was meant for paying the wages of the company’s workers.
While leading police officers to where he said he had buried his guns in Prampram, the self-confessed land guard tried escaping but was gunned down by the police.
He was pronounced dead when he was taken to the Police Hospital for treatment.
His body is in the morgue, a police statement said.
Read the full statement below:
Shooting of a Suspected Armed Robber at Prampram.
A suspected armed robber, Joseph Mensah alias Sharp, who attempted to escape from police custody, has been shot by police.
The suspect was arrested on 10th February 2021 by the Tema Police Regional Command in connection with the robbery attack on a sprinter mini-bus with registration No. GN 8428-20 on 14th December 2020, then carrying 15 staff members of the B5 Metals Company and cash amount of GHS900,000.00 concealed in a polythene bag meant for payment of wages.
In the course of interrogation, the suspect confessed to land guard activities and volunteered to take Police Investigators to Prampram to recover buried guns used by him and his colleagues for their activities.
On 12th February 2021, the suspect directed the police Investigators to the said bush, where he attempted to escape but was shot by the police.
He was taken to the Police Hospital but was pronounced dead.
The Tema Police Regional Command assures residents in and around Tema of its readiness to fight crime and armed robbery in particular and appeals to the public to volunteer credible information leading to arrest and prosecution of all suspected criminals.