Police are investigating an incident in which a man who demanded to see Guyanese President Irfaan Ali at his official residence stabbed one presidential guard, grabbed a gun and opened fire before being shot.
Both the guard who was stabbed about his neck and body and the attacker are hospitalized in serious condition.
According to a statement from the Guyana Police Force, the man “of mixed-race ethnicity” turned up at the southeastern guard hut at State House around 7:30 a.m. and confronted the security detail there, telling them, “I want the President”.
He subsequently became agitated and pulled a knife from the waist of his pants, stabbing one policeman five times.
The man then grabbed a policeman’s gun and fired several rounds in the area. Other presidential guards then returned fire, injuring the suspect.
A nine-millimeter pistol and seven spent shells were recovered from the scene.
The area around State House has since been cordoned off by security forces.