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Updated: Two killed in shootout with police

Two men were shot dead in Diamond Saturday night during a shootout with police opposite the Diamond Police Station, East Bank Demerara shortly before they were about to rob a gold miner, police said.

Guyana Police Force spokesman, Ivelaw Whittaker said that acting on information received that a robbery had been planned to be carried out on a gold miner, the police staked out an area at Golden Grove, East Bank Demerara.

“At about 10:30 PM. the police challenged two men who were approaching on foot and one of them pulled out a handgun and opened fire on the ranks. The police returned fire and fatally wounded both men,” said the spokesman.

A .38 snub-nose revolver with two live rounds and two spent shells, along with one 9mm. round and two 7.62 x 39 rounds were recovered by the police.

One of the men has been identified as Paul Bascom called ‘Shine Buck’ of Diamond Housing Scheme, EBD, while his accomplice has not been identified so far.

The bodies are at the Lyken Funeral Parlour.