Cop, suspected bandit wounded in Leopold St. shooting
The exchange of gunfire between police ranks and a suspected bandit in Leopold Street, Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown ended with a policeman and one of the suspects receiving gunshot wounds to their thigh.
A police report noted that a party of policemen responded to a report of the armed robbery of a 68-year-old man at around 10:00hrs; the elderly man was robbed of an artificial hand band and a gold chain by the two identifiable males, one of whom was armed with a handgun.
According to the police report, in the process of arresting the suspects – ages 20 and 24 – a scuffle ensued. It is alleged that one of the suspects held on to the policeman’s firearm trying to disarm him; the firearm dislodged and the policeman was shot in his left thigh while one of the suspects also received a gunshot wound to his left thigh.
Both injured persons were escorted to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation and are presently receiving medical attention, while the other suspect is in custody.
Investigations are in progress.