By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – An attempted arrest turned into a suicide/attempted murder after a man stabbed a police officer several times before killing himself at Gafoors Houston Complex, East Bank Demerara on Friday, September 19, 2015.
The stabbed officer, who is in a critical condition at the Georgetown Public Hospital, has been identified as Antonio Dawson, attached to the Impact Base. The identity of the dead man remains unknown.
Reports reaching iNews indicate that two police officers were at Gafoors on Friday morning when they noticed a man acting in a suspicious manner. Dawson attempted to search and arrest the man but his efforts were thwarted after the man whipped out a knife and attacked him.
Commander of the ‘A’ Division, Clifton Hicken told reporters that a scuffle ensued between the officer and the man who proceeded to stab the cop several times about this upper body.
According to the Commander, after stabbing the cop, the man proceeded to stab himself in the neck. iNews understands that before approaching the man, Dawson had given his gun to his colleague, since he anticipated a scuffle between him and the suspect.
“He didn’t want to confront him with a firearm,” said Hicken.
Dawson’s brother was at the GPHC and told reporters that his brother has two children. He said that he became aware of the incident after his father called to inform him.
Police have said that varying quantities of cocaine, marijuana and ecstasy were found in the dead man’s pants pockets and the weapon has been recovered as investigations continue.