Two policemen narrowly escaped death when a bullet bored through their car, missing them by inches during a high-speed car chase in Port Moresby last Tuesday.
The two detectives were sitting inside a police vehicle when a bullet smashed through the windscreen and whizzed past, missing their heads by inches.
Despite this, the policemen continued to chase a fleeing gang until they wounded and arrested one suspect at Godwit Street near the Gordon police barracks.
NCD Central Commander Anthony Wagambie Junior said the detectives came across a suspicious Mark 2 sedan at Godwit Street in Gordon and followed the car to the Unagi oval when they were attacked with two factory-made pistols. A running gun battle ensued across the Unagi oval and continued onto the Sir Hubert Murray highway but luckily no member of the public were caught in the crossfire.
The Commander said the suspects rammed their car into a vehicle, a Kia Sportage at Godwit Street and two suspects jumped out of the vehicle, fired several shots at the police before fleeing into the residential areas.
The commander said a third suspect who was wounded and arrested by police at the crash site was identified as Jeffery Manet, a known criminal of mixed Central and East New Britain parentage.
Mr Wagambie praised his men for their courage and determination which resulted in the arrest of Manet.
He said: “Despite the risk and difficult circumstances, my policemen put their lives on the line to foil a crime and arrest a suspect who is considered a threat to the community.”
The gunmen who fled were identified as Allan from Eastern Highlands Province and Mikes Momber from Chimbu, two well-known criminals connected to a series of robberies within the city.
Police investigations are continuing.