RDC robbery: Suspect dead, another arrested after shootout with cops
One of five persons involved in the alleged robbery at the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) office in Region Six was killed during a shootout with Police at noon Wednesday.
Another one of the five suspects was arrested by Police.
Police Headquarters reported that an officer and several ranks went to Heatburn in East Berbice at around 12:00 hrs. While on the public road heading south, the Police team received further information about motor vehicle (PSS 3448), which was proceeding North (in the opposite direction) on Heatburn road.
The ranks signalled the driver to stop and he eventually complied.
As the ranks approached the vehicle, however, the suspects shot at the Police (three loud explosions were heard), and the vehicle sped off.
One of the ranks returned fire, discharging a round in the direction of the fleeing vehicle.
Five occupants were observed in the fleeing vehicle, which suddenly stopped about eight hundred meters away.
Police ranks gave chase in one of the Guyana Police Force vehicles, and by the time they reached the vehicle, they observed four persons exiting, three of whom ran to the western side of the road (towards the river).
Another suspect was on the ground; he is believed to be the driver. He was later identified as Tarrique Pollard called ‘Tari’, a 33-year-old taxi driver from Mahicony, East Coast Demerara.
While fleeing the scene, the three suspects discharged several rounds at the Police.
The ranks continued to chase the suspects but they managed to escape. Police then checked the vehicle, and a male was seen sitting in the front passenger seat, his body tilted towards the driver’s seat with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the back of his head.
There was also blood on the vehicle’s floor.
He was picked up and a handgun was found next to the gear stick. The man was then taken to the New Amsterdam Public Hospital, where a doctor pronounced him dead.
The vehicle is presently lodged at the Central Police Station. The suspected firearm, knives, and a cutlass were found in the vehicle.
The driver is in custody, assisting with the investigation.