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Accused armed robber shot dead

A man who was scheduled to appear in court as a defendant in an armed robbery matter yesterday was shot and killed hours before the case was to be heard.

He was killed in the early morning after being chased down by two armed men in the Pinewood Gardens area, according to police.

Relatives of the victim at the crime scene identified him as Lamar Roberts, 29, a father of two boys and a stepdaughter.

Paul Rolle, head of the Central Detective Unit, said police received reports of a shooting in the Pigeon Plum Street area around 6:30 a.m.

Rolle said preliminary reports indicated that Roberts walked outside his Bamboo Street residence and was subsequently approached by an occupant of a charcoal Suzuki jeep parked nearby.

Roberts reportedly attempted to run away as the armed man began shooting at him.

A second armed man exited the vehicle and joined the pursuit, police said.

Roberts managed to run into a nearby yard on Pigeon Plum Street but collapsed after being shot multiple times, police said.

Police found Roberts bareback with gunshot wounds to the upper body.

Emergency medical services (EMS) personnel pronounced him dead on scene.

When The Nassau Guardian arrived on Pigeon Plum Street, scores of residents and other onlookers were gathered.

The victim’s relatives, though too distraught to speak in much detail to the media corps, repeated that Roberts was “full of life”.

Rolle could not say what motivated the shooting, but noted police were following leads.

Roberts was scheduled to appear in the Supreme Court on Monday as a defendant in an armed robbery case.

The alleged incident dates back to 2010.

Roberts’ death pushed the country’s murder count for 2013 up to 91.

Up to press time, no one had been arrested in connection with the murder.

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