A 29-year-old armed robbery suspect was today shot dead by a policeman in New Amsterdam during a confrontation. The dead man has since been identified as Marlon Shepherd called “Critters” of Smythfield, New Amsterdam.
He was before the courts on a charge of robbery under arms and was no stranger to law enforcement.
According to a statement from the Guyana Police Force, at around 1 pm on Sunday, an Assistant Superintendent responded to a report of an armed robbery in progress at Matthew Allen Road and Strand Road, New Amsterdam.
The police arrived on the scene and pursued the suspect who was making his escape on a bicycle.
According to the police, during efforts to arrest the suspect, the man attacked the policeman with a machete and a knife. The statement added that “despite calls for him to desist, the suspect continued to attack the Officer who was forced to resort to the use of force”.
The policeman shot the cutlass wielding man to his chest and he was taken to the New Amsterdam Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The Guyana Police Force has launched an investigation into the shooting death.