A suspected bandit has been shot by a cop who gave chase following an attempted robbery.
Reports are that at about 21:15h on Thursday, Police received a call from an overseas-based female Guyanese, saying that her family at No 11 Village, West Coast Berbice (WCB), were being approached by two armed male suspects, who had scaled their fence.
Ranks of the Fort Wellington Police Station reported that at the time the woman and her family members were in their yard socialising when they observed that a male had jumped into their backyard while another tried to jump into the yard from another fence.
Police responded promptly and on arrival at the scene, they were informed that the two men made good their escape.
However, at about 22:34h, ranks on patrol received a call from one of the victims informing them that both men had returned and attempted to gain entry into the yard for a second time, and they managed to apprehend one of the suspects.
The suspect was handed over to the Police along with a metal pipe he had in his possession.
Further intelligence received led ranks to the other suspect. Upon their arrival, a male was seen running into a yard, and the Police gave chase.
The suspect, realising he was cornered, turned around and began advancing menacingly towards a rank with a then unknown weapon, Police said.
A shot was discharged in his direction, and the suspect turned around and attempted to scale the fence of the yard. He was subsequently apprehended.
Police upon investigating found that the weapon the man had in his possession was a piece of wood measuring about two feet with several nails to one end. He was escorted to the Police vehicle where blood was seen coming from the left side of his body.
He was later 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 a firearm, ammunition and spent cartridge.
Investigations are ongoing.