He was allegedly engaged in robbing a gas station in St John’s when he was cornered by police and a civilian, who is reported to be associated with the business establishment.
The incident reportedly occurred at GET or Brother B’s service station on Factory Road and Parliament Drive.
According to reports, when police arrived on the scene along with other person associated with the business at around 2 am today, the man was caught after he broke into service station.
Shots were fired and the alleged perpetrator was struck in the chest. It is not clear if he was shot by lawmen or the other civilian involved, who is thought to have been armed as well.
The wounded man, whose name has been given as Keithroy Black, was reportedly undergoing emergency surgery this morning as doctors battled to save his life.
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