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Ministry of Home Affairs expresses concern about two recent shootings involving police patrols

The Ministry of Home Affairs in a statement today said it was deeply concerned about two recent incidents of shooting involving police patrols in the Georgetown area, which resulted in the regrettable deaths of two civilians.

The Ministry said it notes that criminal prosecutions have been instituted against the ranks who were involved in the fatal shooting of Shaquille Grant of Agricola, East Bank Demerara on 11th September 2012.

The Ministry said of equal distress to the Ministry is the recent incident on the evening of Friday 5th October 2012 where a police patrol that was allegedly attempting to arrest the occupants of a suspect vehicle resorted to the use of deadly force which resulted in the demise of an innocent bystander, Dameon Belgrave of Pouderoyen, West Bank Demerara.

The Home Affairs Ministry says it has been advised by the Guyana Police Force that the ranks who were implicated in that incident have been placed under close arrest and the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is being sought as regards to the way forward.

In expressing it’s condolences to the parents, relatives and friends of Shaquille Grant and Dameon Belgrave, the Ministry said it is it’s firm resolve that members of the Guyana Police Force must at all times act within the confines of the law when carrying out their duties especially when it involves the use of force.

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