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Four killed in Guyana shooting rampage, including two policemen


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images-Caribbean-guyana_shooting_443283990_691412459From Caribbean 360

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Wednesday November 13, 2013, CMC – Police reportedly shot and killed a miner who had earlier killed four people, including two police officers during a three-hour standoff on Tuesday.

The drama unfolded in the streets off the capital after the miner, whom a relative later said had “tripped off” and armed with a shotgun and pistol fired indiscriminately at people from his home.

The miner, whose name was given as Derrick Kanhai had engaged law enforcement officials in a sustained gun battle as police cordoned off the streets leading to the two-storey building where the gunman had been holed up.

Police had earlier used tear gas in a bid to get the gunman out of his house. But this failed and a relative told reporters that the miner had “tripped” and did not know what caused the man to fire upon people.

Media reports said that the police had refrained from entering the building because the man had been monitoring his CCTV set up and it is still unclear whether he died from a self inflicted wound.

The two police officers killed have been identified as Lance Corporal Sherwin Pantlitz and Lance Corporal Forde while the names of the two civilians have not yet been released

Law enforcement officials in standoff with miner, who killed four people (Photo courtesy Stabroek News)

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