Suspected bandit shot by cop during attempted robbery
Police nabbed two male suspects who allegedly attempted to rob a family at the Number 11 Village on the West Coast of Berbice (WCB) on Thursday night and tried to resist police apprehension.
According to a police report, an overseas-based Guyanese woman, who was spending time with her family members, contacted the Fort Wellington Police Station at around 21:30 hrs on Thursday and reported that an unidentifiable male jumped into her backyard while another identifiable male was trying to just into the yard from another fence.
The Guyana Police Force (GPF) reported that police responded promptly but the men had already escaped. Subsequently, however, at around 22:34hrs, ranks on patrol received another call from the woman indicating that both men had returned and attempted to gain entry again into her yard. It was reported that the woman and her relatives were able to apprehend one of the suspects.
That suspect was handed over to the police along with a metal pipe he had in his possession. Upon receiving additional information on the other suspect, the officers set out to find him.
It was reported that a male was seen running into a yard and the officers chased after him. When he was cornered by an officer, it was reported that he began advancing menacingly towards the police rank with a weapon in his hand. A shot was discharged in his direction, and the suspect turned around and attempted to scale the fence of the yard.
The officer chased after the suspect and eventually apprehended him with a wood in his hand measuring about two feet with several nails to one end.
While the suspect was escorted to the police vehicle, the officer observed what appeared to be blood on the suspect’s left side body. As such, the suspect was taken to the Fort Wellington Hospital where he was seen and examined by a doctor and admitted a patient in a stable condition, under police guard.
The wood was lodged along with the firearm, ammunition, and spent cartridge. Police have taken statements and investigations in the matter are, reportedly, in progress.