Shaquille Grant killing…Ballistic tests match bullet casing to policeman’s gun
The Force’s ballistic experts have matched a bullet casing to a weapon that was used by one of the police ranks who was involved in the confrontation in which 17-year-old Shaquille Grant was slain.
The teen would be buried today. The funeral would be preceded by a protest organized by A Partnership for National Unity, at Vreed en Hoop.
Kaieteur News understands that the casing, which was retrieved from Agricola, is from a .223 cartridge. This cartridge is used in the MP5 (machine pistols) carried by ranks attached to the Quick Reaction Group. Investigators will be able to identify the policeman who fired the weapon, since he would have had to sign for the firearm at the police armoury before uplifting it.
But the ballistic experts cannot ascertain whether the casing came from one of the bullets which struck Grant, since all the warheads that struck the teen exited his body.
The one that struck Grant in the forehead exited near his left ear, another exited through his back and a third struck his left buttock and exited through the groin.
And due to the absence of visible gunpowder residue on the wounds, investigators were unable to ascertain whether the teen was shot at close range. However, an official said that Government pathologist Dr. Nehaul Singh swabbed the wounds and the swabs will be examined by ballistics experts for traces of gunpowder.
There were also no burn marks on the wounds to suggest that any of the lawmen pressed their weapons to Grant’s body when shooting him.
Two MP5s, two Glock semi-automatic pistols and an unlicensed .38 revolver were handed over to the ballistics team for testing in connection with the investigation. The police ranks who shot Grant have alleged that they recovered the .38 from the slain youth and his associates.
The police in a press release had reported that they were investigating reports that a group of men were planning a robbery when they were shot at. It is alleged that the ranks returned fire, killing Grant and wounding another youth.
However, residents, including some claiming to be eyewitnesses, alleged that Grant was slain after police had ordered the teen and his associates to lie on the ground.
Attorney at Law Nigel Hughes, who is representing Grant’s mother, has written to the Director of Public Prosecutions, informing her that he has obtained a statement from an eyewitness who has been expressing fear for her life.
Hughes told the DPP that he is prepared to cooperate directly with her on the acquisition and presentation of evidence uncovered in this homicide.
The incident has fueled protests staged predominantly by residents of Agricola. However, Commissioner of Police, Leroy Brumell met with Grant’s relatives and has promised a detailed investigation into the matter. The Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) is also conducting a separate investigation into the killing.