From Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri
It was a case of the hunter being the hunted as a gallant police inspector attached to one of the formations in the State command shot and killed 2 gunmen who returned with their gang to Umuafom, Orogwe community in Owerri west Local Government area in Imo State to continue their attack on their targets in the area on Wednesday.
A reliable source from the troubled community told Daily Sun that the gunmen who after their killing spree on Monday killing seven security guards and wounded six returned on Wednesday but this time according to the source,they ran out of luck as two members of their gang were gun down by the police officer.
The hoodlums as the source further disclosed have succeeded breaking into the officer’s apartment when he opened fire on them ,killing one instantly while others flee with bullet wounds into a nearby bush when they sighted a detachment from the divisional police in the area arive the sceen .
Subsequently with the help of the backup from the area divisional police that arrived,the surrounding bushes were combed and another hoodlum who escaped with bullet wound was found dead.
The State Police spokesperson, Michael Abattam who confirmed the incident also narrated thus :”The bandits destroyed the iron burglary protector and front door, entered inside the flat, but were taken by surprise as the Police Inspector who professionally placed himself at a vantage position, engaged the bandits in an aggressive gun duel.
“The hoodlums who were stunned and confused by the staccato sound emanating from the rifle of the Police officer, took to their heels, scampering for safety and were given a hot chase and in the process one of them was neutralized at the spot and others escaped into the surrounding bushes fatally injured”. Abattam stated.
Meanwhile,Abattam disclosed that after combing the bush,two locally made Pistols and an Identity Card were recovered. The recovered identity card he said belonged to one of the neutralized bandit in the name of Chukwuemzie Chukwu, a native of Atta in Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State and an electrician.
It would be recalled that the same hoodlum had allegedly killed seven security guards in the same area on Monday.