A car snatcher has been shot dead in Umunede along the busy Benin-Asaba expressway in Delta State by the police 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 September 23, 2021 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.”
Meanwhile, one 24-year-old Daniel Banjo of No. 3 Baptist Mission Street, Agbor has been arrested for being in possession of a gun.
Men of Operation Delta Hawk Patrol teams stationed at Agbor had on Wednesday received information that the suspect was sighted in possession of a gun.
Accordingly, they proceeded to the area where the suspect was arrested and upon search, one locally-made double barrel pistol with two live cartridges was recovered from him.
Two suspects, Blessing Rex, aged 30, of 50 Old Lagos/ Asaba road and Lucky Wisdom, 18, of 4 Ijeh Street, Agbor has nabbed during activities to initiate new members into Vikings cult confraternity at Aliokpo power line off old Warri Road, Agbor.
While others escaped, police recovered 11 motorcycles and one Vikings confraternity flag.