Leopold Street man shot dead by Police; family protests for justice

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By Isanella Patoir

A Leopold Street, Georgetown man was shot dead by two Police Officers after reportedly committing a number of robberies.

Dead is Odinga Williams.  The shooting occurred on Norton Street, Wortmanville at about 01:45hrs Wednesday.

The News Room understands that about 01:30hrs, two Police Officers responded to a report made at the Stabroek Police Outpost of an alleged robbery under arms.

Two residents from the Soesdyke Linden Highway –Louie Dublin and Nicola La Cruz- were among the number of persons robbed.

Reports are that the Police Officers went in search of the suspects and while in the vicinity of High and Leopold Streets they saw two males on bicycles heading east on Leopold Street.

Police ranks responded to the area after residents began burning tyres in the middle of the road.

The officers chased the suspects and caught up with Williams on Norton Street, who then reportedly jumped off his bicycle and pulled out a firearm and discharged two rounds at the officers.

The officers returned fire and Williams was shot in the abdomen and chest area. He was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

A .38 revolver with one live round and two spent shells were recovered from the scene.

A blue haversack was also recovered and found with suspected cannabis, $10,900 cash, three cellular phones, one metal chain, one plastic-beaded chain, one pair of sunglasses and a roll of toilet tissue.

Relatives of the dead man began protesting early Wednesday on Leopold Street.

Police ranks responded to the area after residents began burning tyres in the middle of the road.

Williams’ sister, Omesha Murphy, claimed that her brother was shot and robbed of a gold chain and cash.

Omesha Murphy claimed that her brother was shot and robbed of a gold chain and cash.

“He was going home to his wife; they shoot he up and rob he. We gotta get justice for my brother death,” the sister said.

Relatives told the media that Williams had just returned from French Guiana about two months ago and was seeking employment.

The News Room understands that he was the father of two children.

“He aint get a robbery charge, he ain’t get a murder charge, he ain’t known to no police…so I don’t know why they kill me brother,” the sister said.

Relatives said he was shot on Norton Street and Police reportedly took him to Princes Street where he died.

“They shoot he up and after they realize he ain’t dead, they carry he and rob he,” the sister said.

Relatives said that they would continue to protest until justice is served.

Police ranks were at the scene assessing the situation.

The News Room will provide more updates as the story unfolds.

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