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Businessman arrested for beating man, discharging loaded firearm

A businessman is among two persons in custody assisting with investigations into an incident that involved the discharging of a loaded firearm and assault.
The 53-year-old businessman of New Amsterdam, Berbice, operates a business in East Canje, where he has employed several persons to overlook his cattle.

The firearm that was used during the confrontation

Reports are that on Monday, the businessman, who is a licensed firearm holder, allegedly received information that a certain individual was on his property lurking around. It is alleged that the businessman went to his East Canje business place but did not see the individual, whom he was told is a 41-year-old cane harvester of Gangaram Village. As such, he picked up two of his employees to canvas the area and upon stopping at Sharabie Bar located at Gangaram Village, East Canje, the employees pointed out the cane harvester to the businessman as the person who had been lurking around his business.
The businessman then reportedly approached the cane harvester and an altercation started between them.
Reports are that a scuffle started and the businessman pulled his licensed .32 pistol from his waist and discharged a round. He then allegedly hit the man in his head with the firearm, causing him to receive injuries.
The businessman then went to the Reliance Police Station and made a report. The other man was shortly afterwards contacted by Police and escorted to the New Amsterdam Public Hospital to seek medical attention. Police have since lodged the firearm.
Both men are in custody assisting with the investigation. (G4)