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Guyana: Man beaten to death after firing shots at protesters – Police

The Police say they are investigating the murder of Prettipaul Hargobin, age 34 years, of Block BI Bath Settlement, WCB which occurred about 15:45 hrs today 2020-09-09 at Bath Settlement Public Road, WCB.

An earlier version of this story had given the deceased’s name as Chatterpaul Harripaul c/d Roy based on a press release from the police. Relatives have since provided the correct name.

Inquiries, police say, disclosed that the victim was in his motor vehicle on the Public Road at Bath Settlement when it was observed that he exited the vehicle with a shotgun and discharged one round into the air before discharging three rounds towards  a crowd of protestors who were about 60 meters away.

As a result of his actions, the police say that he was attacked by the crowd and beaten. The police who were some distance away having observed the commotion “rushed to the scene where they discovered the victim lying on ground with several injuries about his body.  He was subsequently picked up and taken to the Fort Wellington Hospital where he was pronounced dead by a Doctor on duty.  Body is currently at the hospital”.

Ranks are on the ground conducting further investigations, the statement said.

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