POLICE Commissioner, Mr. Winston Felix, yesterday assured the policeman who was shot in a gun battle with bandits Sunday night, which the Police Force was concerned about his health and wished him a speedy recovery.
RECOVERING: the wounded Constable Gavin Ricknauth with Commissioner of Police, Mr. Winston Felix during the visit yesterday.
(Delano Williams photo)
visited the cop at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).
The constable, Gavin Ricknauth, is nursing a gunshot wound to the lower abdomen in the High Dependency Unit (HDU) of the hospital.
guns, ammunition and other items found at Success, East Coast Demerara, after the robbery on Sunday night. (Police photo)
of the bandits,
Chowtie, of Western Hogg Island, Essequibo River,
was hit when the patrol returned fire and died Monday, Police said.
said he only learnt of Chowtie's demise at about 10:00 hrs yesterday.
said bandits attacked the Chabrols at about 20:30 hrs Sunday as the family
was securing their premises on returning home.
The bandits began to beat the Chabrols and in the process forced them into the house and tied up Mr. Jules Chabrol, police said.
demanded cash and jewellery, which were handed to them. They also relieved
the Chabrols of a licenced shotgun and a
revolver with matching
police patrol was met with gunfire when it arrived on the scene and
who was shot several times, was found the following morning propped up
against some bushes and boards on the poultry farm.
said he died after being rushed to the GPHC while his accomplice was taken
Ricknauth was rushed to the hospital and underwent emergency surgery to
remove the bullet that was lodged in his abdomen.
was yesterday walking around and able to sit on the hospital bed while
chatting with the Commissioner and members of the media.
when asked about the safety of the bulletproof vest the cop was wearing
when he was shot, Felix said the vest serves as protective gear for level
3A, that is for handguns, and is not designed for protection against 7.62
question came in wake of Ricknauth's plight when he was fired upon; the
bullet pierced the bulletproof vest he was wearing and lodged in his lower
Commissioner said there was no difficulty in upgrading the bulletproof
vests but it was difficult for ranks to wear these for 4-6 hours on a
Weapons, ammunition and other items were found on the scene by the police after they threw an overnight cordon in the area.
11 ounces of raw gold
were also found near
A police statement said Chowtie was charged in 1991 for treason and was particularly known to them for piracy on the high seas.
April 08, 2004