The injured police rank Jomo Williams, 29, who was chopped on Saturday, last, by a man he was attempting to arrest, is said to be resting comfortably in his home, and on the road to recovery. This publication was told that Williams was released from the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was receiving medical attention for chop wounds to his back and right elbow. His colleague, 20 year-old Alex Solomon, was treated on the same day of the incident and sent home.
Initial reports are that 42 year-old Shawn Watkins known as ‘Rastaman’ was shot dead after he chopped the two policemen. This publication was told that the ranks had a one-hour standoff with the man before he attacked them.
Kaieteur News understands that after the officers arrived at the house, Watkins was allegedly armed with two cutlasses. Watkins reportedly attacked the two officers. He had earlier threatened to chop a female acquaintance and burn her house. He was warned several times by police ranks who pleaded with him to surrender.
Despite their efforts Watkins refused to surrender and a patrol which had been summoned to the scene called in and asked for permission to shoot. According to one of the officers, permission was granted and when an officer fired the first shot, “Rastaman run to us and start chopping and the patrol open fire at him,” Solomon stated.
It is unclear how many shots Watkins sustained.
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