Update: Dead bandits identified

L-R: Shawn Browne and Junior Nurse

The suspected bandits who were shot dead by police last night have been identified, the Guyana Police Force said.

L-R: Shawn Browne and Junior Nurse

They are Shawn Browne and Junior Nurse. The third bandit is yet to be identified.

The three men were killed following an exchange of gunfire with police officers who had cornered them in a Norton Street Lodge house they had attempted to rob.

Commander Marlon Chapman confirmed that two of the bandits died on spot while one, who had surrendered, succumbed to his injuries.

One police officer was shot to his leg during the ordeal and is now recovering.

The rapid exchange of gunfire lasted close to an hour as residents and media flocked the area to witness the events unfold.

Residents were urging the cops to kill the bandits.

Reports are that a construction worker, Neville Leslie had just gotten home at around 20:30hrs when he was pounced upon by the armed bandits.

They robbed him of cash and two laptops. However, the perpetrators began questioning him about a relative who recently arrived in the country from the USA; they demanded her money and jewellery.

However, the interrogation was interrupted when a police patrol came into the area. The bandits, according to police headquarters, opened fire at the police.

The ranks then returned fire and adopted tactical positions to engage the criminals, Police Headquarters said.

The victim used this as his opportunity to escape through a window with his five-year-old son.

Three 9mm pistols and two cellular phones were found in close proximity of the scene.

Investigations are ongoing.

Only recently, three bandits were killed by police in Black Bush Polder. In their possession were high powered rifles and bullet proof vests.