SWAT unit was not part of operation that killed bandits – Police Commander
Commander of ‘B’ Division Paul Langevine has confirmed to the News Room that the Police operation which resulted in the fatal shooting of three career criminals Sunday was led and executed solely by ranks from the ‘B’ Division and not by members of the Special Weapons and Tactical (SWAT) unit as was earlier stated.
The media was previously informed by sources that the SWAT team, which was deployed to Berbice in light of the recent crime spate, spearheaded the exercise.
However, the ranks in ‘B’ Division became annoyed after the SWAT unit was given credit for the operation.
The News Room was reliably informed that the operation was in fact, led by a senior Superintendent.
The Police descended to the backlands of Johanna South, Black Bush Polder, East Berbice-Corentyne, and at approximately 15:15 hrs came under gunfire as they were scoping the area.
They immediately took up tactical positions and returned fire in the general direction from where the gunshots were coming.
The exchange lasted for about five minutes and after it subsided, the ranks combed the area and three males were found motionless with suspected gunshot injuries.
Dead are 32-year-old Kelvin Shivgobin called ‘Kelly’ of Belvedere, Ramnarine Jagmohan and Sewchand Sewdat known as ‘One Eye Pappy.’
Police found a haversack at the scene containing $609,330 Guyana currency and two foreign currency notes, two bulletproof vests, five cellular phones, a solar charger, torch lights, a crowbar, knife, and cutlass.
Other items include:
– two yellow metal chains
-four yellow metal earrings
-two yellow metal finger rings
-two silver bands
-a yellow metal band
-a silver pendant
-thighs with eye holes
-topes and mask
-duct tape and gloves and
-200 grams of cannabis
Police Headquarters revealed that a pistol, two revolvers, a rifle, three magazines, 253 rounds of live ammunition and seven spent shells were found at the scene in close proximity of the men.