Escaping bandit shot by police after robbing vendor


-6 taken into custody

A 23-year-old Laing Avenue, Charlestown resident who traded bullets with law enforcement officials over theft is currently under police guard, in a stable condition at the Georgetown Public Hospital, nursing a gunshot wound to his right foot.
According to the police, the 23-year-old suspect and another accomplice robbed a Bourda Market vendor of GYD $400,000, as he (victim) was about to enter his Pike Street Kitty yard.
It was disclosed that about 14:30hrs on Friday, the vendor, 56, left his place of business and proceeded to his home in a taxi.
He arrived about 14:45 hrs and was about to open his gate when the suspects, one armed with a handgun, approached on a  motor cycle, pounced and relieved him of his cash and made good their escape, east along Pike Street, Kitty.
The matter was reported and within minutes, police ranks on a mobile patrol responded and confronted the bandits, who discharged several rounds at the officers. The police returned fire hitting one of the suspects who fell.
His accomplice managed to escape.
Acting on information the ranks immediately proceeded to a house in Duncan Street, Kitty, where they conducted a search and found an unlicensed revolver with two live rounds and one spent shell. Four males and two females who were in the house have been taken into custody.
One of the females is said to be the girlfriend of the wounded suspect.
The police say they have recovered part of the stolen cash from the suspect who tried to dispose of same after being shot.
Investigations are in progress.


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