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Confusion as police kill suspected criminal in Delta

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The residents of Direct Labour Agency (DLA) area of Asaba, the Delta State capital, were yesterday, thrown into confusion as a middle-aged man was allegedly shot dead by police officers.



It was gathered that the police officers were chasing the Mercedes Benz car with five occupants including the deceased, after suspecting the occupants to be criminals.

A source who spoke to newsmen said the officers aimed at the tyre of the vehicle to demobilise it, saying the car veered off the road after its tyre was punctured as a result of the bullets.

The source who pleaded anonymity said the vehicle rammed into a fence, with the bricks collapsing on its bonnet and windscreen, adding that the vehicle screeched to a halt.

The source who spoke further said three of the occupants came out and took to their heels, while the other two came out to surrender to the police. The source alleged that the police shot one of them at close range before arresting the second one.

He said the deceased was not armed when he was reportedly shot dead, the source said nothing incriminating was found on the lifeless body of the deceased when searched.

In a swift reaction, the acting Public Relations Officer of Delta State Police Command, DSP Bright Edafe alleged that the occupants of the vehicle were suspects, adding that “they had just operated in another part of the town.
 
“We had intelligent reports that they had just finished an operation and were moving towards DLA road. So our men mounted surveillance, and when the officers saw the car, they flagged it down but they refused to stop.

“As such, our men chased them to the point where their vehicle hit the fence. They opened fire on the officers who responded, and in the process, three of them escaped while one was shot. One suspect was arrested while a locally-made gun was recovered”.

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