Region Nine REO arrested for shooting woman

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Karl Singh, the Regional Executive Officer (REO) of Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), has been arrested for an “alleged attempt to commit murder” in which he is accused of shooting a woman in the abdomen on Tuesday, around 11 p.m. in the Commercial Zone, Lethem Central, according to a police news release.

The victim has been identified as 25-year-old Gladys Emmanuel.

Police said investigations revealed that the victim was in the company of the 33-year-old suspect in his pickup when she was allegedly shot in her abdomen.

Police said she was taken to the Lethem Regional Hospital by the suspect where an immediate surgery was performed and her condition is now regarded as stable.

“Police have been unable to interview the victim due to her condition,” the release stated.

The suspect was arrested and escorted to the Lethem Police Station and his licensed firearm seized and lodged, the release further stated.

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