Two businessmen in custody for discharging firearm, assaulting, obstructing officers- Police

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Two of three businessmen who are accused of assaulting a peace officer, damaging property, discharging a loaded firearm and obstructing officers from executing their duties on Sunday evening at Kingston, Georgetown are presently in police custody.

According to a press statement issued by the Guyana Police Force (GPF), the incident occurred against two officers at about 20:00hrs.

Investigations revealed that the two police ranks were responding to a report of simple larceny in the vicinity of Battery Road, Kingston, Georgetown when they stopped an ATV –which was traversing without registration plates.

However, while the officers were reportedly engaging the driver, the three businessmen-two of whom are in custody- approached, reportedly obstructed the ranks from performing their duties and behaved in a very hostile manner against the law enforcement officials who were  forced to call for assistance.

As a result, the driver of the ATV reportedly drove away, while one of the suspects allegedly assaulted one of the ranks and violently kicked and damaged one of the rear lights of the Force’s Vehicle.

According to the police, the other suspect allegedly pointed a gun at the two officers, before discharging several rounds into the air.

The duo then fled the scene in a motorcar, driven by the alleged shooter.

However, this vehicle was pursued and intercepted.

A search conducted revealed that the driver was carrying a .32 Pistol with five rounds. He also managed to produce a licence for the said weapon but reportedly escaped the scene with his vehicle, leaving the weapon with the police.

His accomplice was promptly detained.

Two spent shells were found at the scene by investigators.

Police have also reported that at about 08:00h on Monday morning, the licenced firearm holder turned himself in at the Brickdam Police Station.

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