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A construction worker who attempted to disarm a Police Officer in his bid to escape was on Saturday shot twice. The 39-year-old man of Back Street Grove, East Bank Demerara (EBD) who had been on Police radar for a lengthy period, was reportedly arrested at about 17:30h on the day in question.
Police said that at the time of his arrest, the accused was found with two unlicenced firearms along with ten live rounds of ammunition hidden at his premises.
In his bid to escape the ranks, the suspect wrestled with officers and attempted to disarm one of them but was shot in the process. He was taken to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre where he is presently being treated under Police guard. It is also being reported that a female who was present at the time of the arrest was also taken into custody as the Police continue to investigate the matter.
In October, Police revealed that there was a 22 per cent increase in robberies, where no instruments were used (39 against 32 cases in the same period last year) and a four per cent increase in robbery with violence (114 against 110 cases).
However, the other categories of serious crime recorded a declining trend. These included: robbery under arms where firearms were used, which saw a three per cent decline (464 against 477); robbery under arms where instruments other than firearms were used, recording a 20 per cent decrease (177 against 221 cases); a 36 per cent reduction (39 against 61 cases) in robbery with aggravation and larceny from the person going down by 13 per cent (94 against 108 cases).
Additionally, there were decreases in burglary, which went down by nine per cent (149 against 163 cases) as well as break and enter and larceny which declined by 11 per cent (710 against 801 cases).
Meanwhile, as it relates to murder, the Police had also said there was a 17 per cent reduction recorded with a total of 72 cases at the end of September 2018, compared to 87 during the same period last year.