A suspected robber has been shot dead over the weekend in a shoot-out with the police and his gang.
Police in the Ashanti Region is yet to identify the deceased.
The incident happened at about 03:50 am on Saturday, at Aboaso, a community near Mampongteng in the Kwabre East District.
The armed gang numbering about three, who were onboard a Toyota Corolla taxi cab with registration number GM 4893 -13, were signaled by a patrol team to stop during operation.
The driver of the said vehicle, however, ignored the signal and opened fire at the police.
Police returned fire and a bullet hit the driver who eventually lost control, plowing the vehicle into a stationary KIA Pregio minibus parked near a mechanic shop.
The driver was confirmed dead by investigators who arrived at the scene. His two other accomplices bolted.
Police later retrieved 16 live goats and a sheep found in the boot and at the back seat.
“Some of the animals had their mouths fastened with a black sellotape, indicating that they might have been stolen,” police said.
Also found were two live AAA cartridges, two cutlasses, a plier, one screwdriver, a lighter, quantity of dry leaves suspected to be Indian Hemp, a mobile phone and five bundles of black sellotape.
The body of the deceased has since been deposited at the Faith Healing Hospital at Ankaase, for preservation, identification, and autopsy.