The Guyana Police Force’s (GPF) Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) moments ago reported that 23-year-old Quindon Bacchus, who was shot earlier today after he allegedly opened fire on them, was going to sell a firearm to an undercover Policeman.
According to the GPF, an intelligence-led operation was carried out in Haslington New Scheme, East Coast Demerara (ECD), and a 22-year-old construction worker who provided “certain information” led ranks to Bacchus, who was allegedly in possession of a firearm and was intended to sell it to one of the ranks.
The plain-clothes rank, who was armed, made arrangements to purchase the firearm from Bacchus. The GPF said the 23-year-old man left and then returned with the gun.
“In the process of handing over the firearm to the rank, an alarm was raised. As a result, the now-deceased man ran in a southern direction and discharged a round in the rank’s direction, who drew his service pistol and returned fire,” the GPF explained.
It was noted that Bacchus then ran south and jumped into a yard, and the rank gave chase. Bacchus discharged several other rounds towards the rank, who took cover and returned fire, hitting him about his body.
He fell to the ground along with the firearm, which was later identified as a .380 pistol and a magazine with one round.
The rank took possession of the firearm and ammunition, and Bacchus was reportedly picked up in a conscious state and escorted to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he was examined but died while receiving treatment.
The body was taken to Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, awaiting a Post Mortem Examination (PME).
“The firearm and ammunition that was recovered was taken to the Cove and John Police Station where it was photographed and dusted for prints,” the missive stated.
The construction worker was arrested and taken to the Cove and John Police Station, where he was interviewed under camera. He also provided a written statement as to what transpired. He was placed in custody pending investigation.
One .380 spent shell and two 9mm spent shells were recovered at the scene. Investigation in progress.