A 30-year-old man of Timehri, East Bank Demerara (EBD), is now in police custody after he was apprehended with a .32 pistol.
The man was apprehended at about 02:00h on Saturday at Croal Street by three Security Officers attached to the Blackwater Tactical Security Firm.
The Guyana Police Force'sForce's (GPF) Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) said that the officers were doing residential patrol when they stopped to purchase food on Light Street and heard several loud explosions.
According to the officers, they observed a male dressed in a black and white jersey carrying a yellow haversack running south along Light Street.
As a result, they chased on foot behind the male who ran to a Silver Toyota Spacio bearing registration number PVV 8934, which was parked at the corner of South Road and Light Street.
As the security ranks approached the vehicle, the male occupant exited the car and ran west along South Road.
"The man who threw the haversack into a Church compound located on Cummings Street between Brickdam and Croal Street was subsequently apprehended on Croal Street," the CCU said.
The haversack was retrieved by the officers and searched, during which a black .32 Sig Sauer pistol along with two .32 spent shells and a magazine were found.
The man was escorted to the Alberttown Police Station, where he identified himself. The firearm, along with the magazine, was lodged at the station. The motor car was also impounded at the Alberttown Police Station and searched.
During the search, a driver's license belonging to another male of Timehri, EBD, and an identification card of a GDF Corporal was found.
"The suspect remains in custody, as investigations are ongoing," the CCU concluded.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police (ag.) Clifton Hicken lauded the partnership between private security firms and the GPF in crime-fighting and working together to maintain peace and stability in communities across Guyana.