[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.
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.
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.