The police in Delta State have shot dead a car snatcher in Umunede along the busy Benin-Asaba expressway in Delta State while two members of the gang escaped with bullet injuries.
The Lexus 350 Jeep which was snatched from the owner at gunpoint in Warri last Saturday, a locally made pistol loaded with a live cartridge and two expended cartridges were recovered by the police after a gun duel with the criminals.
A statement by the state police public relations officer, DSP Bright Edafe on Thursday, said policemen on stop and search duty at Umunede on Wednesday flagged down a Lexus 350 jeep with registration number WWR 343 MD, white in colour with three occupants.
“The suspects on noticing the operatives stopped abruptly and disembarked from the vehicle, shot sporadically and ran into the bush.
“The operatives returned fire and went after them. During the gun duel, one of the hoodlums was fatally wounded while the remaining two escaped with bullets injuries.
“The injured suspect was immediately rushed to the hospital where he gave up the ghost while receiving treatment,” the statement explained, adding that “a manhunt for the fleeing members of the gang is in progress,” the Delta Police spokesman said following the car snatching incident.
Meanwhile, The Delta State Police Command says any of its personnel involved in extortion or other professional misconduct will be sanctioned in accordance with the law.
The command’s Spokesman, DSP Bright Edafe, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in reaction to a planned protest against the police in Delta over alleged professional misconduct.
Edafe said that the command under CP Mohammed Ali, had been punishing officers that acted wrongly, stressing that two of such officers were dismissed recently over human rights abuses.
According to the police spokesman, the command has a good relationship with Deltans, stressing that anyone with complaints about any policeman should report such for immediate investigation.