UPDATE: Police hunt suspect who pepper-sprayed officers

Police have released the name and a photo of the man who allegedly pepper-sprayed police officers at a residence in George Town on Wednesday afternoon.

Citing the matter as one of “public safety”, police confirmed on Thursday that they are looking for 43-year-old Simon Julio Newball, of George Town.

The RCIPS is urging members of the public not to approach Newball, whom they described as armed and dangerous, but to call 9-1-1.

“Detectives are seeking the assistance of the public in locating the wanted man on suspicion of threats to kill, possession of a restricted weapon, and other offences relating to [Wednesday’s] incident,” the brief police statement said.

According to police, officers had been responding to a report of an incident at an address off Walkers Road Wednesday afternoon, when they say they were obstructed by Newball.

He reportedly brandished a machete and pepper spray, then assaulted officers with the pepper spray. He then fled the location, according to a police statement on Wednesday.

The affected officers have undergone decontamination.

Newball is approximately 5 feet, 6 inches in height, of slim build and of light brown complexion.

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