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Updated: Policeman electrocuted while chasing escapee

Constable Darwin Pitman

A policeman was early Monday morning electrocuted while chasing a detainee who had moments earlier escaped from custody.

The serviceman has been identified as 23-year old Constable 21600 Dorwin Pitman.

Power company officials and police sources said he was electrocuted by illegal connections in Sophia.

Four hours after the incident, Guyana Police Force spokesman Ivelaw Whittaker said Pitman was found lying on the ground in an alley-way in North Sophia. He was rushed to the GPHC where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

The police spokesman said that about 7:30 AM Pitman went to the lock-ups at the Prashad Nagar Outpost to feed prisoners. While handing meals to another prisoner, Akeem Edwards who was in the lock-ups for Possession of Narcotics and was scheduled for court today pushed down the rank and ran out of the Outpost.

Constable Pitman and another rank gave chase behind Akeem Edwards during which Pitman was subsequently found in the alley-way. There was no visible sign of injury.  An autopsy is to be performed on the policeman’s body.

Edwards was yet to be recaptured, police said.