Bandit shot dead; one arrested after stealing sheep
By Royan Abrams
The body of an unidentified male is presently at the Arokium Funeral Home awaiting identification after he was shot and killed by ranks of the Guyana Police Force during a raid at a camp where several stolen sheep were being held.
The incident occurred at about 6:00 hours at a farm house at Lochaber Village, West Canje, Berbice.
According to the police, on November 12, 2016, a cattle and livestock farmer from Betsy Ground, East Canje, Berbice, reported that a flock of 29 sheep was stolen from his ranch at Calabash Creek, East Canje, and based on that information the victim along with three police ranks, one armed with a service weapon, proceeded to a location at Lochaber Village, West Canje, where the victim positively identified twelve of his sheep tied at the back of a farm house.
The ranks then proceeded towards the entrance of the farm house and were immediately confronted by a male, who rushed into the house, armed himself with a handgun and attempted to shoot the armed policeman, who followed closely behind him. During this engagement the rank discharged his firearm several times at the suspect who fell.
He was picked up and rushed to the New Amsterdam Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
The police later recovered an unlicensed silver coloured Taurus pistol and six live matching rounds from the suspect. A search was also conducted on the house and the officers found (1) plum phone, two (2) silver finger rings, one (1) silver chain, one (1) Compact Laptop Computer, and several electronic gadgets.
The first four (4) items were positively identified by one Ravendra Bipram, 27 years, of Anchorville, Port Mourant, Berbice, as his properties. He was allegedly robbed at gunpoint about 19:30 hours on November 11, 2016, at Smythfield Access Road, New Amsterdam, Berbice, by a male fitting the description of the deceased, who brandished and discharged a round in his direction, from a silver handgun.
The farm house is allegedly owned by a known convict who lives at Mount Sinai, New Amsterdam, Berbice.
As a result, a team of police went to alleged owner’s Mount Sinai home and arrested a 28- year- old male from Sand Hills, Berbice River, after an unlicensed Taurus pistol with ten (10) live matching rounds was found on his person.
The house was searched and one (1) laptop computer, seven (7) cellular phones and a pair of binoculars.
Two (2) motorcycles, a motor car and a lighting plant were also taken into custody. The owner was not at home.
Investigations are ongoing.