Update: Suspected bandits killed in shootout with police
By Fareeza Haniff
It was high-drama just after noon today as Police engaged suspected bandits on the Georgetown seawall, leaving three of them dead.
The men are yet to be officially identified but one woman, who is known only as ‘Aunty Janet’ turned up at the scene and claimed that the police killed her brother ‘Dextroy Cordis.’
The screaming woman, who was being consoled by a young man, said she was responsible for taking care of Cordis and denied he was involved in any robbery.
Police have not yet issued a statement on the shooting but News Room understands that the incident occurred at around 13:00hrs behind the Guyana National Sports Complex (GNS) ground at the Georgetown, Kitty Seawall.
The bloodied bodies of the men were left lying on the road for hours before undertakers from the Lyken Funeral Parlour arrived at approximately 15:00hrs. A senior Police Detective at the scene, when questioned as to what occurred, told the media: “three men gunned down, suspected trunkers.”
A police source, however, told News Room that an intelligence-led operation was conducted by ranks of the police force, who trailed the men from a city bank. News Room understands that the suspected bandits were in a Black Toyota IST – PTT 9034 – when they were cornered by the ranks on the Kitty Seawalls.
It is alleged the suspected bandits exited the car and opened fire on the police, who returned bullets and killed them. Two of the bodies were found next to the IST, while the other man was gunned down a short distance away, during an apparent bid to escape.