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Police kill armed robbery suspect in clashes

The Liberia National Police (LNP) says it has killed one armed robbery suspect when its officers came under serious attack by unknown men armed with deadly Weapons on 1 December.

A press release issued in Monrovia says police officers were responding to an incident in the early morning hours of 1 December to rescue an armed robbery victim on Carey Street in central Monrovia when they came under serious attack by unknown men armed with deadly weapons.

“In the process, the Arm got discharged and one of the thugs identified as Papa Massally, [aged] 27 got hit and was immediately rushed to the JFK hospital where he was later pronounced dead upon arrival,” the press release indicates.The police authorities in Monrovia disclose that several men armed with cutlasses, knives and other deadly weapons attacked the responding officers.

During the incident, a tussle ensued between the criminals and the officers and the alleged criminals seriously wounded one officer, the release says in person of Vah Morris.The officer was wounded on his forehead with an instrument believed to be a cutlass which led him unconscious.

He was subsequently taken to the JFK Hospital by the Police Support Unit back-up Team and currently undergoing treatment.The release further notes that the alleged criminal gangs made away with the Police mobile Radio and the keys of the Police marked vehicle to an unknown destination.

The LNP urges members of the public to remain calm as investigation continues.The police say the public will subsequently be informed of the outcomes of the investigation. “The public can be assured that the LNP will do everything possible to guarantee their safeties,” the release says.

Meanwhile, the LNP is warning the public to desist from attacking police officers while discharging their duties as it will not relent to arrest and prosecute anyone engaging in any illegal acts.–Press release

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