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A Police inspector on night guard duty at Akuapem Larteh junction in Akropong in the Eastern Region has been hailed for overpowering three armed robbers in a shootout Wednesday night.

According to reports, Inspector Albert Kuntu Blankson who was on night duty at Yokwa gas filling station at Larteh-junction came under attack by three suspected armed robbers at about 1am in an attempt to rob the gas filling station.

One of the armed robbers fired at the police officer but he managed to take cover, assumed a shooting position, and returned fire.

One of the robbers was shot forcing the others to escape.

The Police officer called for reinforcement and the Divisional Crime Officer, DSP John Agyuah in charge of four personnel proceeded to the scene of the crime.

On arrival, the team met Inspector Albert Kuntu Blankson standing at the gate of the filling station and pointed out the suspect lying 10 meters away from the filling station.

Inspection of his body showed a wound on his right upper part of the waist.

He was briefly interrogated where he mentioned his name as Ernest Antwi, 28, from Asante-Mampong.

He also revealed the identity of his accomplices as Maxwell and Kwame.

The police team combed the area but could not find the accomplices.

The injured robber was rushed to the Tetteh Quarshie Memorial Hospital.

The reports added that the suspects arrived at Asenema- Akuapem on Sunday aboard a DV black private car for surveillance before embarking on the robbery operation at Lartey junction.

The Public Relations Officer of the Regional Police Command DSP Ebenezer Tetteh who confirmed the accident said the police team that visited the scene saw pellet holes on the wall while two live cartridges were retrieved.

DSP Tetteh, however, appealed to residents in the area to help police with credible information to help arrest the suspects who are at large.