One man was shot and wounded but later died at the Port Moresby General Hospital on Friday, after he and his gang attempted to rob a female motorists.
A long policeman happened upon the unfolding robbery and reportedly shot the gunman who was taken to the POMGEN where was pronounced dead on arrival.
Details provided by the NCD Central Commander Assistant Commissioner Anthony Wagambie Jnr said that the female motorist was driving along Nikibata Road in Gerehu when several men jumped in front of her vehicle brandishing homemade guns and knives.
At about the same time, a police vehicle arrived, causing them to scatter in panic. And then a loud gunshot went off almost instantly, and one of them fell to the ground, reportedly wounded by a police bullet.
Several police patrol cars raced to the crime scene, and the wounded suspect was later carried away in a stretcher by ambulance workers who arrived at the request of police.
Mr Wagambie said the lone cop acted courageously by stopping the armed criminals single-handedly. Mr Wagambie is appealing to the community at Gerehu to provide information on the gang so police can pursue and arrest the rest of them.