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Man arrested in Sophia after opening fire on Police

Arrested: Anthony Macy

A man was arrested on Tuesday after he opened fire on Police ranks attached to the Turkeyen Police Station who were on patrol duty in Sophia, Greater Georgetown.

The Guyana Police Force (GPF) said that ranks were on mobile patrol in 'E' Field Sophia at about 14:30h when they noticed a wanted robbery suspect riding a red and black XR motorcycle.

As the ranks attempted to stop the motorcycle, the man pulled out a dark-coloured object from the waist of his pants and allegedly discharged two rounds at the patrol vehicle.

As a result, the driver of the police vehicle lost control and crashed into a culvert. The ranks exited the motor car and pursued the suspect who, in a bid to escape, hit a dog and fell off the motorcycle.

"The ranks approached the suspect, but a large hostile crowd which had gathered around the man assisted him to escape. During the process, the Police discharged rounds in the air, and the crowd eventually dispersed," the GPF said.

The suspect was later apprehended at his home and is in custody at the Brickdam Police Station.

According to the GPF, while no one was seriously injured, the left side front of the Police vehicle was damaged.

"The Guyana Police Force is once again appealing to members of the public to refrain from such actions which may lead to unnecessary and unwanted confrontations between the public and police ranks. The GPF is urging the public to co-operate with members of the Force in the execution of their duties and to maintain law and order."

The GPF concluded that this posture could only improve the relationship between the Community and the Police to create a safer community for all.

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