By Kristen Macklingam
The suspect who was shot during a scuffle between himself and the police in New Amsterdam, Berbice, on Saturday last, has been transferred to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) where he is currently battling for his life.
It is unclear at this point whether the man is in a stable or critical condition. However, INews understands that as a result of his wound(s) he would have received from the gunshot he was transferred from the New Amsterdam Public Hospital to the GPHC.
Commander of “B” Division, Ian Amsterdam, told INews that investigations are still on-going into the shooting incident which involved his ranks.
In the wee hours of Saturday morning, the suspect, who is wanted for a number of Break and Enter as well as Larceny charges, was allegedly shot by the police.
It is yet to be made known which of officers’ revolver fired the bullet that injured the suspect since two shots were fired from the guns of two policemen during the scuffle.
Commander Amsterdam confirmed that the suspect is presently under police guard at the GPH and an investigation into the shooting is underway by the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR).
INews was told that policemen received a tip-off as to the whereabouts of the wanted man. He was said to have been in a house at Savannah Park, New Amsterdam, Berbice.
Ranks on a mobile patrol under the command of a Subordinate Officer responded and upon arrival at that location, the suspect was seen by the policemen.
It is alleged that during the process of arresting the man, a scuffle between him and police ranks ensued during which two rounds were discharged.
According to the police, the suspect still managed to escape and headed into some nearby bushes. Although ranks began searching for the injured man he could not be located.
However, shortly after, the suspect was found at the New Amsterdam Public Hospital where he was admitted as a patient with a gunshot wound to his lower abdomen.