Agricola fatal shooting…Murder charges for three cops
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has advised the Guyana Police Force to institute murder charges against three of its ranks involved in a raid which resulted in the shooting death of 17-year-old Agricola resident, Shaquille Grant.
The teen met his demise in controversial circumstances on September 11.
The advice comes in the wake of confirmed reports that two of the policemen involved cannot be located. The ranks did not report for duty a little over a week ago, having been placed on open arrest. Their whereabouts are currently unknown.
Senior police officials have indicated that the charges will be read for all three ranks, whether or not those two ranks show up.
Checks were made at the missing ranks’ homes but no one seemed to know where they were.
According to one official, should they fail to show up, an arrest warrant will be issued and then the police “will pursue them with vigour”.
It is believed that the ‘missing’ ranks have fled the jurisdiction.
Earlier last week Commissioner of Police (ag) Leroy Brumell confirmed that their whereabouts were unknown.
“I can confirm that two ranks are not there and we are looking for them,” Brumell said.
For Shonette Grant, the mother of the dead teenager, justice for her son is now being obtained.
A post mortem examination revealed that Grant was shot three times, including once in the head.
Kaieteur News understands that in addition to the murder charge, the ranks are also facing attempted murder charges stemming from the shooting of Romel Bollers during the same incident.
On September 11, ranks on a mobile police patrol swooped down on a group of youths in a yard at Caesar Street, Agricola.
Police in a press release on the day of the shooting had said that the ranks came under fire and they returned fire, fatally wounding Grant, of 12 BB Eccles, East Bank Demerara.
Bollers, 20, of Brutus Street, Agricola, who was also shot, was admitted to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation under guard.
Police said a .38 Smith and Wesson revolver was recovered at the scene.
According to the police, they received information that a gang in Agricola was planning a robbery on a business entity located near the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.
But residents disputed this version with an alleged eyewitness claiming that the teenager was executed.
Attorney-at-law Nigel Hughes had told media operatives that a sequenced tale of the events was reportedly conveyed by the witness who expressed fear for her physical safety.
“We have spoken to an eyewitness who gave a signed statement. This eyewitness is absolutely petrified of the police and has asked us so far not to disclose her identity.”
Hughes narrated that around 11:55 hours on the day in question, the eyewitness said that she was in her home when she heard a single gunshot.
He said she peeped through a crevice in her home and saw three young men lying flat on the ground while ranks, with guns drawn, stood over them.
The witness reportedly said that one of the youths was holding his stomach grimacing in pain, crying out for his belly. It is alleged that the police rank then told the teen, “You ent dead yet” and shot him again.
The witness claimed at that stage she went to get her daughter who was at the time playing in the yard. Several other gunshots were heard by the witness and when she returned, the body of the youth crying for his belly was lying motionless, Hughes claimed.
The witness stated that the police entered the yard where the shooting took place from a back entrance and ambushed the men who were at the time sitting under a shed.
She claimed that one policeman who seemed very agitated had to be calmed down by his colleagues who kept saying “rest yuhself, rest yuhself”.
The motionless teen was left on the ground for at least 15 minutes. He was then dragged with his chest still on the ground and thrown into a police vehicle, the witness told the AFC team.
Hughes informed that Grant was shot twice and the evidence pointed to an execution.
“Mr. Grant was shot twice, once in the stomach and the second shot which entered his head in the middle of the forehead which was fired from an angle immediately above him. So it would appear that he was executed while lying on the ground,” the attorney had related.