South Ruimveldt shootout: Slain gunmen identified as Tucville residents

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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]
[www.inewsguyana.com] – One of the gunmen killed in the South Ruimveldt shootout on Wednesday December 09, has been identified as Edgar Blackman.

Police in a release confirmed Blackman’s identity while stating that he resided at Tucville. According to the police, he had matters of burglary and escape from lawful custody pending before the court.

The other slain bandit has been identified as Sherwin James, 22 years, of Tucville.

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 water tanks in which the bandits hid. [iNews' Photo]
The water tanks in which the bandits hid. [iNews’ Photo]
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.

As the police brought out the bodies from the yard at Reliance Place, loud shouts and cheers erupted with persons mouthing words of congratulations to the police on the shooting of the two alleged bandits.

One of the residents in whose yard the ordeal went down recalled waking up as the first gunshot pierced through the air. Immediately, he said, he turned off his bedroom lights and lay on the ground.

While taking cover, the man recalled hearing police shouting and several more bursts of gunfire. He also told reporters that he heard footsteps on the lower roof of his home – which he presumed to be police.

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