Gunmen suspected to be armed robbers on Sunday killed personnel of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Mgbushi, Rukpokwu community, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.
The incident, it was gathered, caused apprehension in the area as shop owners were forced to close early.
The slain policeman was said to have been controlling traffic to free a gridlock before he was attacked by the suspected robbers, who were also driving along the road.
It was learnt that the assailants abandoned their vehicle and fled the scene of the incident on foot following a gun battle with other SARS personnel, who arrived at the scene after the attack.
A resident of the area told reporters that the criminals left their vehicle and fled before they could be subdued by the policemen.
When contacted, the Spokesman for the Rivers State Police Command, Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed the incident, adding that the vehicle of the robbers was recovered.
“One of our men was killed as a result of a surprise attack from armed robbers. The robbers took to their heels, abandoning their operational vehicle, which we have recovered and investigation into the incident has commenced,” Omoni said.