Car theft turns ugly for youths

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The National, Wednesday, June 8th 2011

A SUSPECT is dead while two others suffered gunshot wounds in a shootout with police outside the Tokam Police Barracks in Port Moresby yesterday.
The three were part of a gang believed to have stolen a dark-blue CRV, registration BCF 474, at Gerehu yesterday afternoon.
Police gave chase from the university roundabout at about 2pm.
Police reportedly returned fire after the suspects began shooting, wounding two in the process, one died after being cornered and disarmed while two others fled the scene.
Police could not confirm whether the man who died at the scene was shot.
The five men were caught when their getaway vehicle ran off the road and into a ditch along Cormorant Street, opposite the Boreboa Primary School after crashing into several other vehicles, including a police double-cab utility.
The shootout attracted hundreds of people from the neighbourhood with police directing traffic at the intersection between Cormorant and Pitpit streets in the North Waigani area.
Several support units from police stations around Port Moresby responded to the carjacking when the matter was reported and relayed on police radio.
NCD metropolitan commander Supt Joseph Tondop could not be reached for comments.