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Four dead in shooting rampage in Guyana
Published on November 14, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Caribbean News Now contributor

GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- On Tuesday afternoon, Guyana police responded to a report that a man armed with a firearm was discharging rounds indiscriminately in the capital, Georgetown.

On arrival at the scene the police found the bodies of a taxi cab dispatcher and an unidentified man.

According to a press statement by the police, the shooter was identified as a miner and licensed firearms holder Deryck Kanhai, who had apparently gone berserk, and had retreated into his home above the taxi service, barricading himself in the property.

A standoff ensued between the police and Kanhai as efforts were made to arrest him, during which there was exchange of gunfire, with tear gas also being used by the police.

During the shootout, two police officers were shot and killed by Kanhai.

The police subsequently stormed the building, coming under fire from Kanhai. Police returned fire and Kanhai was fatally shot.

A shotgun, a .32 pistol and a .22 pistol have been recovered by the police.

The government offered condolences to the bereaved relatives of those who were killed during the incident.

“I extend my sympathy to the relatives, friends and colleagues of the police officers who died in the line of duty, and to the civilians. It is an incident that is greatly regretted in our country,” Prime Minister Samuel Hinds said.
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