Updated: Policeman shot to head in outpost; attacker shot dead

Last Updated on Monday, 8 June 2015, 0:50 by GxMedia

A policeman was shot to his head at the Wisroc Police Outpost by a detainee who snatched his service revolver from him, according to police sources.

After the man, believed to be of unsound mind, opened fire on the police during efforts to arrest him, he was shot and killed. The police force’s gun was recovered.

Following is a statement by the Guyana Police Force:

At about 1805h. today Sunday June 07, 2015, police ranks responded to a report of threatening behaviour in which Regan Richards, 18 years, of One Mile Extension, Wismar, who is reported to be mentally unstable, was armed with a cutlass and chasing down residents.

Regan Richards was arrested and taken into custody at the Wisroc Police Outpost.  

The circumstances are not yet clear, but while in custody at the Outpost Regan Richards managed to overpower Police Constable Victor Fausette and took away his service revolver. He then shot the police rank above his left ear and escaped with the firearm.

Acting on information received police ranks subsequently went to his home where they came under fire from Regan Richards. The police returned fire, hitting him to his body. He was taken to the Mackenzie Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The police service revolver, with six spent shells, has been recovered.

Police Constable Victor Fausette has been admitted to hospital.