Police Complaints Authority to conduct ‘thorough probe’ into Haslington shooting death


The Guyana Police Force on Sunday said it intends to send a file to the Police Complaints Authority on Monday, requesting that a thorough investigation be conducted into the shooting death of Quindon Bacchus which occured at Haslington, East Coast Demerara on Friday last.

The file will be sent to the Chairman of the Police Complaints Authority on Monday, Police Headquarters said in a short statement on Sunday.

The 23-year-old man who was shot dead by a plain-clothes member of the Guyana Police Force who claimed that he attempted to sell an illegal firearm to him.

Police Headquarters did not identify the rank but told reporters he is under close arrest.

According to the official police report, the ranks were at the time carrying out an intelligence-led operation in the area, based on information received earlier in the day.

It was further noted that the plain-clothes rank, who was armed, made arrangement to purchase the firearm from Bacchus, who left and then returned with the firearm.

“In the process of handing over the firearm to the rank, an alarm was raised. As a result, the now deceased man ran in a southern direction and discharged a round in the rank’s direction who drew his service pistol and returned fire.

“Bacchus then ran further south and jumped into a yard, and the rank gave chase and while in close proximity, Bacchus discharged several other rounds towards the rank who took cover and returned fire, hitting the now deceased man about his body,” the statement, issued by Head of the Police Corporate Communications Unit, Mark Ramotar, noted.

Bacchus collapsed and the firearm was later identified as a .380 pistol with a magazine that had one round.

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