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Wanted man shot dead in Berbice

A man wanted for a series of serious offences including murder was shot dead in the Canje area Sunday night., police said.

Police said Deodat “Popcorn” Seecharran was killed during an exchange of gunfire with police at Betsy Ground, Canje.

He was quite recently implicated in the shooting death of Patricia Samaroo at Fyrish Village Corentyne. That incident occurred on March 7, 2014.

Following is the full text of the police statement issued later Monday:

Acting on information received, at about 2315h. last nightSunday April 06, 2014, police ranks went to Back Street, Betsy Ground, Canje, Berbice, where two men were seen on bicycles.

As the police approached, one of the men opened fire on them and the police returned fire. During the exchange Deodat Seecharran called “Popcorn” of Adelphi, East Canje, was shot and later pronounced DOA at the New Amsterdam Hospital. His accomplice managed to escape.

The police recovered a haversack that contained ten (10) .32 rounds, a stocking mask and a camouflaged pants along with the two bicycles. Deodat Seecharran was on charges before the courts and was wanted pending investigations into two murders and a series of armed robberies.

The two murders were those of Devindra Deodat who was shot and killed at his home at Hampshire, Corentyne, on2013-10-02 and Patricia Samaroo who was shot and killed at her home at Fyrish, Corentyne, on 2014-03-07. On June 05, 2012, Deodat Seecharran was charged with two counts of Robbery Under Arms. He was subsequently placed on bail in the sum of $300,000.00 each on August 22, 2012. On December 17, 2012, he was charged with attempt to commit a felony to wit Burglary, three counts of Discharging Loaded Firearm with intent, Possession of Firearm without licence and Possession of Ammunition without licence. On August 13, 2013, he was placed on bail in the sum of $100,000.00 on each charge. This was reduced to $50,000.00 on each charge on September 04, 2013, which was paid and he was released from prison.

Notices in relation to the dates of the continuing of the matters were sent to Deodat Seecharran and the bailor, but he failed to return to court on the charges which were consequently being proceeded with ex parte.