A man who reportedly attempted to attack news presenter Travis Chase, is now hospitalised at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPH) after he was shot by the journalist yesterday morning.
Jimmy Ramgobin, 28, a labourer of no fixed place of abode, is in a stable condition at the GPH after being treated for a gunshot wound to his right leg. Chase, in a post on his Facebook page, said he was defending himself.
According to the police, at around 4:30am yesterday at D’ Abreu Street, Newtown, Chase arrived with his girlfriend in front of her Newtown, Kitty home in his vehicle when he observed Ramgobin in front of the yard. After noticing the man, Chase, a news presenter at HGPTV Nightly News, exited his vehicle, but was then approached by Ramgobin, who had reportedly armed himself with a weapon and attacked Chase.
The police said this prompted Chase to draw his licensed firearm and he discharged a round into the air.
However, after he fired the shot into the air, Ramgobin allegedly reached into his haversack and retrieved several bottles which he hurled at Chase. The journalist subsequently fired three more rounds into the air and then one at the man.
After being hit, Ramgobin ran north along D’ Abreu Street before being caught and escorted to the GPH, where he is currently a patient. Chase was then taken into police custody where he surrendered his firearm. He is assisting with the police investigation. The scene was processed and four spent shells were recovered.
According to Chase, via his Facebook page, “For the record, I am not in police custody neither was I detained and placed into any lockups. There was an incident where I was attacked by a man who marked my vehicle and I defended myself. Even the attacker apologised to me and told the police that ‘he wants no story and that he was high’. The police is handling the investigation.”