Police shoot suspected robber “Critters” dead after he attacked cop

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 December 2015, 21:02 by GxMedia

A suspected robber, already before the court for armed robbery, was Sunday shot and killed when he attacked a senior police officer with a machete and a knife in New Amsterdam, authorities said.

Dead is 29-year old Marlon “Critters” Shepherd of Smythfield, New Amsterdam. He was shot on the Matthew Allen Road and Strand New Amsterdam around 1 O’clock Sunday morning.

The Guyana Police Force said an Assistant Superintendent of Police had responded to a report of armed robbery and pursued Shepherd who was riding a bicycle and had been pointed out by the victim.

 The Police Officer caught up with the suspect at Republic Road and Cheddi Jagan Street, New Amsterdam, and during efforts to arrest him the suspect attacked the policeman with a machete and a knife.

“Despite calls for him to desist, the suspect continued to attack the Officer who was forced to resort to the use of force and shot him to his chest. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the New Amsterdam Hospital,” police added. 

Shepherd was before the courts on a charge of robbery under arms. This resulted from investigations into a report where on February 12, 2013, he attacked Daryl Edwards, 18 years, of Tucberg Park, New Amsterdam, while armed with a cutlass at Garrison Road, New Amsterdam, and took away his cell phone and jewellery.