Suspect in custody for apparent execution attempt on Berbice man

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Two days after an East Bank Berbice Cattle Farmer’s home was riddled with bullets resulting in him being grazed to the neck by a lone gunman, police have confirmed that one man has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Fenton Bell

INews was informed that the suspect in custody had been involved in a verbal altercation with the injured victim- Fenton Belle, 45,- recently and as such, he was apprehended for questioning.

This online publication had reported that on September 26, 2017, at least four shots were fired at the home of Belle in New Amsterdam, in what was believed to be an execution attempt.

According to the cattle farmer, he had just walked a friend out of his gate when he noticed someone hiding behind a concrete wall near some bushes in a nearby play field- known as the Stanford Cricket Ground.

“The person shoot from in the bushes on the ground, so nobody could see them,” he said.

Belle’s home

Belle said that the shots came from inside the ground where the caretaker’s house once stood. He told police that after the first shot was fired, he threw himself to the ground, but the gunman fired three more shots.

He noted that one of the bullets grazed his neck as he was attempting to enter the house to call for help.

Three spent shells were reportedly recovered from the crime scene.

Police in a release said the incident occurred around 17:35h on the day in question. They also noted that an eastern glass window was shattered and four indentations allegedly caused by gunshots were seen on the concrete wall of the eastern side of Belle’s house.

Investigations are ongoing.

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