Residents continue protest for justice over killing of Dartmouth businessman

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Residents continue protest this morning

Residents of Dartmouth, Essequibo Coast in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) continued to protest into the night, demanding that justice be served in relation to the Police operation that resulted in the death of 29-year-old businessman, Orin Boston.

The protest continued this morning as police ranks remain on scene monitoring the situation.

While there was a decline in demonstrations earlier today, residents are now coming back out onto the streets to continue their protest actions.

It was reported that Boston, a father of two, was shot at around 04:00hrs on Wednesday by the SWAT officers who went to his home during an anti-crime operation in the region. In an official statement, the police said there was a confrontation between the officers and the businessman, during which he was shot. Boston was reportedly shot to the upper left arm with a .223 caliber gun.

During an emergency press conference hosted by Senior police officials, it was revealed that the officer who pulled the trigger which resulted in the death of the businessman is under close arrest.

Police Commissioner (ag) Nigel Hoppie assured that a speedy, thorough investigation is underway into the circumstances of the operation. This is being conducted by the Office of Professional Responsibility.

However, family members are demanding an independence probe into the matter.