Police Constable shot during raid on mining camp

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A Police Constable is now nursing a gunshot wound to his left side chest at a private medical facility in Georgetown after he was shot by a Brazilian miner in the Aranka Backdam, Cuyuni River, Essequibo River, on Sunday morning.

The police rank has been identified as Anthony Weekes who is attached to the Bartica Police Station.

Reports are that around 05:30h on Sunday, Weekes along with two other policemen, acting on information ventured into a mining camp at Aranka in search of illegal firearm(s) when the shooting incident took place.

The workers operating at that camp woke up to the sight of the policemen and allowed them to carry out their search. The three ranks then proceeded to the sleeping quarters where the head of the mining operations was asleep to conduct further checks.

However, according to “F” Division (Interior locations) Commander, Kevin Adonis, that is when the three policemen came under fire.

Police ‘F’ Division- Superintendent, Kevin Adonis

He explained that 36 rounds of a .38 ammunition were discovered and a suspected warhead was also found stashed in an empty fuel barrel that was inside of the mining boss’ sleeping quarters.

Adonis stated that the good work done by the ranks who had accompanied Weekes into that mining camp must be commended.

The Commander added that police ranks are presently on the hunt for the Brazilian national who shot Weeks.

Meanwhile, seven workers who are employed at the mining camp at the time of the shooting are currently assisting Police in their investigations.