Police in Regional Division 7 on Saturday retrieved a Smith and Wesson Revolver with four matching rounds of ammunition from a known male at Sand Hill Landing, Cuyuni River.
The Guyana Police Force’s (GPF) Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) reported that the gun was retrieved by a 33-year-old Supernumerary Constable attached to Baksh Diamond Enterprise Security Service at about 06:15h after the suspect assaulted a 22-year-old miner of Parika, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) with the weapon.
According to the 22-year-old man, he and the suspect had a misunderstanding over some money when the suspect whipped out the firearm and dealt him a lash to his head with the gun. The suspect was dealt a punch to his face and lost consciousness.
The 22-year-old miner immediately took away the firearm from the suspect and discharged a round in the air. The man then handed over the gun and ammunition to the Supernumerary Constable, who contacted ranks from the Itaballi Police Checkpoint and informed them of the incident.
A Police Sergeant visited the scene and retrieved the firearm, the four matching rounds of ammunition, and one spent shell. Efforts to locate the suspect - who went missing after regaining consciousness - proved futile.
The firearm and the 22-year-old miner were escorted to the Bartica Police Station, where the firearm was lodged. Further investigations are ongoing.