Mother of slain gunman speaks out

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Dead gunman: Edgar Blackman
Dead gunman: Edgar Blackman

[www.inewsguyana.com] – The mother of one of the slain gunmen who was involved in a shootout with the police in South Ruimveldt, Georgetown on Wednesday morning has made it clear that she will not defend his actions or “swear” that he was a good boy.

Forty – two – year old Dian Blackman is the mother of 21 – year – old Edgar Blackman, known as ‘Nana’ who was shot killed by the police, as he and others attempted to execute a robbery at Pioneer Lane, South Ruimveldt Park, Georgetown.

His accomplice, Sherwin James, 22 years, of Tucville was also shot and killed by the police. During an interview with iNews at her Lot 98 Tucville home, the woman said that she “will not be swearing for her dead son” as she is never with him 24/7 and more so was not with him at the time of the shooting.

Mrs Blackman however noted that efforts should have been made by the police to keep her son alive since she was told that the young man was not armed at the time he was shot by ranks.

“I never saw him with a weapon, with respect to the shooting… I do not know if he was in any illegal activity when he was shot by the police, I was not there so I do not have any idea,” the mother said.

According to her, the young man was employed with one of the sub-contractors executing the cleanup campaign around Georgetown. She said she last saw Edgar on Tuesday while she was leaving for the Georgetown Public Hospital to visit her daughter who recently gave birth.

She explained that one of Edgar’s friends passed by the house yesterday morning and informed her of the shootout, revealing that her son was shot and killed.

According to the mother, she immediately dialed her son’s cellphone number but got no response. After searching for him at the Lyken Funeral Parlor, Mrs Blackman eventually found her son’s body at the morgue of the Georgetown Public Hospital.

She admitted that her son was picked up by the police recently and held for questioning in relation to a robbery. She said that the young man was held for 72 hours and then released without any charges being leveled against him.

The bodies of the bandits in the back of a police vehicle. [iNews' Photo]
The bodies of the bandits in the back of a police vehicle. [iNews’ Photo]
Police however revealed that Edgar had matters of burglary and escape from lawful custody pending before the court.

Meanwhile, a brother of the young man, Chris Caroll said that Edgar should not have been shot by the police since he was not carrying a weapon and “he was hiding in a black tank.”

“The police had no right to shoot my brother; he did not shoot, he was in a black tank. I never know him to be involved in any illegal activities,” he stated.

Meanwhile, when iNews arrived at the Lot 06 Tucville home of 22 – year – old Sherwin James, also known as ‘2Pac’, relatives slammed their gates and refused us entry to their property.

The relatives said that they were not willing to speak with the media on the issue and reporters should approach the home of the persons who claimed that the young man was robbing them.

The police report stated that at approximately 04:00 hrs on Wednesday police ranks responded to a report of a robbery in progress at the home of Arlene Mc Lean, 47 years, of Pioneer Lane, South Ruimveldt Park, Georgetown.

Police say four men, three of whom were armed with firearms, had broken into the home and held up Mc Lean and her sister Ann Marie Mc Lean and took away a sum of cash and a cell phone.

The water tanks in which the bandits hid. [iNews' Photo]
The water tanks in which the bandits hid. [iNews’ Photo]
On arrival at the scene, the police came under fire from the perpetrators who were leaving the building at the time and returned fire. During the armed confrontation, two of the men who were pursued by the police, ran into a yard at Reliance Place, South Ruimveldt Park, and took cover behind a water tank from where they continued to engage the police.

It was noted that during the exchange of gunfire they were shot by the police and later pronounced DOA at the Georgetown Public Hospital.

The police recovered an unlicensed 9mm. Luger pistol with 3 matching rounds and an unlicensed .38 revolver with 4 matching rounds and 2 spent shells from the perpetrators.

20 COMMENTS

  1. Does anyone else notice how the years have swung the comments to the other side? In 2001/2002 it was police are murdering our innocent black youth, now it’s promote and reward them for a job well done. Is it the years or the politics?

  2. The same old thing every time. Happy two more gone, we need our good night’s rest. These days you have to work in the day and be watchman in your own home at nights. So sad. Don’t these parents observe their children behavior?

  3. The relatives said that they were not willing to speak with the media on the issue and reporters should approach the home of the persons who claimed that the young man was robbing them.

    Listen to these morons! They should have kept their CRIMINAL BANDIT JUNGLE ANIMAL in their yard! I am asking the Police Force to investigate this particular house and check to see if it is not FULL OF STOLEN GOODS and LOOT from BANDITRY.

  4. These r my friend that were robbed I’m very happy that they were not physically hurt but imagine being tramatised by this ordeal, special commendation to the police force that they got it right this time.Promotion and enumeration should b awarded to those officers who put their lives on the line everyday

  5. Yes Observer, I am not that dull as you may inclined to believe. This bandit was certainly not Hindu so Mandir is out. He doesn’t have an Islamic name and chances are he is not Muslim as well. Mosque is out. So let’s confine our comments to this particular bandit/ individual. End of story.

  6. Observer why worry the police just got rid of another useless piece of crap..Why do you keep saying “you people” Regarding the crime in the USA I suggest the next time you go there you should go visit Baltimore and Camden and see who lives there and who commits the crimes.

  7. the guy was doing night training, he works during the day and in the night he was training to further his education

  8. I fortunately can read and comprehend what I read but Anand you’re putting a different spin on the article, are you a spinner?,the woman started out by saying she was not swearing for her son, do you understand what that meant…sic

  9. Well only two type of people does be on the road that early police man and thiefman. Why would anyone be playing hide and seek so early in the morning? We need to teach our children to be Leaders and not followers . We are raising too many sheep.

  10. Mr Anand, people with the bad news of a relative of theirs being killed in such a dramatic way, usually react in a certain way. And your “You people are so up soured” I guess you are residing abroad – but every time I visit the USA, there is usually lots and lots of crime reported on the TV – EVERY DAY – including MASS SHOOTINGS.

  11. Yes, he was sitting next to me in the third row dress in suit and tie, Hemant,
    He was such a good god fearing bwoy, he can’t hurt a fly much less fire a gun

  12. ”The police had no right to shoot my brother; he did not shoot, he was in a black tank. I never know him to be involved in any illegal activities”,
    The police found at the scene ”an unlicensed 9mm. Luger pistol with 3 matching rounds and an unlicensed .38 revolver with 4 matching rounds and 2 spent shells from the perpetrators”.
    Police ”revealed that Edgar had matters of burglary and escape from lawful custody pending before the court”.
    How come that brother knew nothing about his brother’s criminality?
    Did he benefit from the spoil?
    The end has surely come for another TWO BANDITS.
    If you can’t hear, you gon feel. Well he can’t feel anymore
    Good riddance

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