Three men are now in police custody in relation to the robbery and shoot-out that took place earlier this morning at the Shell Fuel Station, McDoom, East Bank Demerara (EBD).
Commander of Police ‘A’ Division, Clifton Hicken, told INews this afternoon that one of the men had been arrested earlier after he was caught with a 9mm Glock pistol with matching rounds.
He stated that acting upon information police ranks also went into the village of McDoom and conducted a raid where they caught two other men with shotgun rounds in their possession. Hicken explained that while relatives and friends of those presently in police custody may be alleging that these items were planted to incriminate the men, there is a procedure which must be followed.
INews was told that there will be finger-print testing along with tests for gun powder residence that will be conducted on the men to ascertain whether they are guilty or not of being involved in the robbery at the fuel station and the shoot-out with the police ranks earlier this morning.
Reports are that three armed men stormed into the Shell Fuel Station and held three female employees along with a security guard at gunpoint.
They managed to rob the workers of $51,000 in cash along with a cellular phone before the police arrived at the scene moments later.
The bandits, upon realising that they could be caught when the police arrived, began shooting at the officers. This caused the law enforcement officials to return fire at the gunmen.
During the cross fire between the police and the bandits, it is said that one of the perpetrators was shot. The perpetrators then managed to escape from the fuel station and headed into the McDoom village.
However, police ranks, in hot pursuit were able to nab one of the gunmen at that point. (Kristen Macklingam)