Two notorious armed robbers were early Wednesday morning (December 21, 2016) gunned down by a vigilant officer of the Liberia National Police Emergency Response Unit (ERU) in New Kru Town, Bushrod Island.
Witnesses told The NEWDAWN that the suspected robbers, who were five, including one female, had been terrorizing peaceful residents in the vicinity for several months. They disclosed that during their planned robbery mission on Carpet Street, New Kru Town the robbers met strong resistance from an ERU officer, who vigorously engaged them.
While in the process of escaping the scene, the police pursued the criminals and shot one close to the Redemption Hospital before gunning down the second on Carpet Street.
The witnesses furthered that the ERU officer then shot and severely wounded a third robber, who is presently chained on bed at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Sinkor, Monrovia, pending for further investigation.
The notorious gang, according to some residents of the surrounding area, had been putting peaceful citizens at gunpoint and robbing them of monies, cell-phones and other valuables with impunity.
They said a female and male, who were also part of the criminal syndicate, are presently on the run, while the Liberia National Police has launched a vigorous search for their arrest and prosecution.
According to the residents, the female accomplice is the one, who usually sells items reportedly stolen from their victims. Dozens of residents and onlookers trooped to the scene to take a glance of the corpses of the criminals who have been giving them hell.
Some of them, who spoke to this paper, expressed gratitude to the vigilant ERU officer for risking his life to ensure that the people of Bushrod Island have peace at night. They also called on authorities of the LNP to honor the gallant officer, whose name was not disclosed, for the level of professionalism exhibited during the attack, noting that if he were not trained and professional enough to handle such a situation, the criminals would have wounded innocent civilians in the community.
Meanwhile, the bodies of the robbers were placed in an LNP pick-up closely guided by Deputy Police Direction for Operations Col. Abraham B. Kromah and other senior personnel of the police.
Emmanuel Mondaye-Editing by Jonathan Browne