The spokesman of the police in the state, Michael Abatam disclosed this in Owerri while parading the lifeless body of the robber.
He further disclosed that the police have launched a manhunt for other members of the gang who fled the scene.
Abatam said a locally-made double barrel pistol with seven rounds of live cartridges and a power bike were recovered from the robbers during the operation.
According to him, the police swooped on the miscreants upon receipt of a distress call that they were robbing POS operators in the community.
Abatam said the robbers on sighting the police opened fire on the police resulting in the gun battle.
The spokesman said the police shot dead one of the robbers while others fled the scene with bullet injuries.
He informed that the police were making frantic effort to arrest the fleeing wounded robbers.
Abatam said; “Sequel to reports, that some POS operators are being robbed in some areas within the state, the Commissioner of Police immediately drafted the command’s tactical teams to these areas for an undercover operation to detect and arrest the hoodlums committing these crimes.
“After series of discreet information gathering, luck ran against the hoodlums today the 21/7/2021 at about 1600 hours, when the teams received a distress call, that hoodlums using two power bikes were seen robbing POS Operators at Egbu in Owerri North LGA of Imo State .
“The command’s tactical teams immediately raced to the scene, on sighting the police, the hoodlums speed off with their power bikes shooting at them.
“The police retaliated giving them a hot chase and in the process, one of the hoodlums was gunned down while others escaped with bullet wounds. The black power bike with registration number IMO, AFR 387 OJ, a locally made double barrel pistol with seven (7) rounds of live cartridges were all recovered to the station. Presently, the command’s tactical teams are making frantic efforts to arrest the fleeing suspects.”