Man wounded by Police is new suspect in Olato Sam’s killing


The 22-year-old labourer, who was shot and injured by the Police during an operation in Plaisance, East Coast Demerara (ECD), is now being treated as a suspect in the shooting death of Education Specialist, Olato Sam.

The News Room was reliably informed that investigators are waiting on the suspect to be released from the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPH), where he is being treated for a gunshot wound to his thigh.

The young man was shot on August 5 after he allegedly tried to open fire on ranks, who were conducting surveillance in the area.

Police Headquarters reported that the ranks shouted for the suspect to stop, but instead, he reached to his waist and pulled out what seemed to be a firearm.

The .32 pistol that the suspect allegedly had in his possession, that was recovered by the Police. (GPF photo)

As a result, the rank discharged a round which struck the suspect to his right thigh, causing him to collapse into a clump of bushes.

Following the incident, the ranks returned to the area and recovered a .32 pistol, without a serial number, and two rounds in the bushes where the labourer was shot.

Two other suspects were also arrested by the Police during the early stage of the investigation.

They are believed to have been the two men who were involved in a fight at Plaisance during which shots were fired and one of the bullets struck Sam.

However, sources confirmed that the suspects have since been released on $100,000 bail each, as the probe continues.

Sam, a former Chief Education Officer, was killed at around 00:30 hrs on August 4.

At the time, Sam, 53, of South Ruimveldt Park Georgetown, was liming at the Gold Rush Bar with three of his friends.

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