Three suspected armed robbers who engaged the Ashanti Regional police in a shoot-out have been gunned down.
This was after Police undertook an intelligence-led operation in the region that botched the operations of the robbers who planned to rob a businessman at Buokom Estate.
One suspect has since been arrested.
During the search, the four suspects who were in a car attempted to fire at the personnel and the officers also fired back, leading to the gunshot wounds on the three suspects, who later died at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.
Meanwhile, the Police have retrieved a pump-action gun, one revolver pistol, a locally manufactured pistol, one dagger, two black hoods, two pairs of scissors, and a number of dried leaves suspected to be cannabis.
The statement said as the Police seek to combat crime and make it an unattractive venture, the Service will continue to count on the support and help of the public.
It added that the Police Service has introduced urgent additional security measures in the wake of a spike in robbery incidents in parts of the country.
The Ghana Public Safety and Crime Report have indicated that violent crimes have gone up from One Hundred and Eighty (183) in 2020 to Two Hundred and Twenty (220) from January to June 2021, representing a 20 percent increase.
The report assessed crime wave in the country which states that the top five most reported violent crimes included armed robbery and manslaughter.
Chief of Party at the Bureau of Public Safety (BPS), Nana Yaw Akwada at the presentation of the report said firearms use in the commission of violent crimes had increased by 79 percent over the same period compared to 2020.