Murdered police ranks …Investigators to return to location
Crime Chief Seelall Persaud says an investigating team is expected to return to Kato to carry out further investigations into the murders of two of the ranks, Marlon Letlow and Leadon Aaron. During a meeting with members of the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association, the Crime Chief revealed that while there is information about what may have transpired, there is little evidence available.
Persaud was responding to questions from miners about their safety, as well as that of police ranks, and corruption. Miners said they are concerned over reports that the ranks were killed by miners, which may spark some form of retaliation by ranks in mining districts.
As the Crime Chief sought to clear the air about the recent incident without compromising the investigation, he told miners that while the ranks were on patrol in their jurisdiction, there were some irregularities with their mode of operation. He said once on official patrol, the ranks were supposed to have been in their uniform, however, this was not the case.
He did not shed any light on whether or not there is any information about the ranks raiding any mining camps.
Initial reports are that the men went out on a routine patrol since Sunday October 14 and were returning to the Police Station when they were attacked.
Aaron’s remains were found around 16:00 hours on Wednesday, October 17, at Paramakatoi, North Pakaraimas, a short distance from the crashed All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) that the two ranks had been travelling on. His .38 service revolver has not been recovered.
Letlow’s remains were found in a clump of bushes several hours later with his weapon, and a magazine with eight live rounds, close by. His body bore at least two gunshot wounds and other marks of violence. Eight spent shells matching those his weapon uses and one spent 12 gauge shotgun cartridge, were reportedly found at the scene.
According to reports, Aaron was riding the ATV when the incident occurred.
Reports are that the two cops were confronted by their intended victims who sought to defend themselves. There are also reports that the men had earlier raided a mining camp and relieved the miners of their valuables.