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Bandit killed in Berbice identified as Essequibo man

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The Police in ‘B’ Division were able to identify the remains of a man who was shot and killed by police on Tuesday morning after he opened fire on the officers at Lochaber Village, West Canje, Berbice.

The slain man has been identified by his mother Monica Marks just after midday on Wednesday, as 34-year-old Rondell Marks also known as “Blackie” of Suddie Housing Scheme, Essequibo.

News Room previously reported that 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. Based on information received, 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 the engagement the rank discharged his firearm several times at the suspect who fell. He was rushed to the New Amsterdam Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

The officers then proceeded to search the house and found an unlicensed silver coloured Taurus pistol and six live matching rounds, One (1) plum phone, two (2) silver finger rings, one (1) silver chain, one (1) Compact Laptop Computer, and several electronic gadgets.

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Marks body is presently at Arokium Funeral Home awaiting a post mortem.

Investigations are ongoing.

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