Alleyne, Nigel Williams and Iana Seales
June 6, 2003
Guyana’s most wanted criminal, Shawn
Brown, was among three men killed yesterday
during an explosive two-hour siege of a
Nagar home in which three grenades were lobbed at a
The safe house
of the bandits
The shoot-out in Deobi-rana Street and Amla Avenue yesterday
afternoon created chaos in the area with residents running to and
from the scene.
Dead are Mash Day prison escapee, Brown, his brother-in-law Dillon
George and another man identified as Wendell Robin. Two policemen,
including one named only as Outar, who was shot in the thigh, were
wounded and are now in city hospitals. One 19-year-old woman
received a gunshot wound to the shoulder apparently from a stray
bullet fired into her home.
A police press release said arms and ammunition have been recovered
while two women were taken into custody.
After the three men were confirmed dead the forces made further
sweeps of the area including a thorough search of the house in
Lamaha Gardens outside of which Brown’s fellow prison escapee,
Dale Moore was killed last year. Brown is the fourth of five prison
escapees to die by the gun. The 5th escapee, Troy Dick, is still at
large. Brown and other wanted men were forced to leave
Buxton/Friendship after the police and army intensified operations
there over the last month or so.
get tip off and move in...
Sources told Stabroek News that law enforcement officers received
information that Brown and his accomplices were hiding out in a home
at Lot 112, Amla Avenue and they immediately rushed to the area and
cordoned it off.
But as the officers took up positions at about 4.30 pm they
reportedly came under heavy gunfire from the house and they
In the ensuing gun battle Brown and George somehow escaped and
scaled a fence, entering an abandoned home in Deobirana Street. They
then engaged officers on that street in an exchange of gunfire.
Stabroek News was told that the officers were not aware that the men
had entered the house but had still thrown up a cordon. It was
reported that as soon as Brown and George saw the lawmen on the
street they opened fire at which time the officer was shot. The
police immediately retaliated with heavy gunfire and Brown
and George were fatally hit.
Sergeant Standford Conway of the GDF told this newspaper that the
army had learnt about the incident at about 4 pm. He said it
immediately sent out troops to support the police and its helicopter
which was seen flying low over the houses.
schoolgirls trapped in house...
He added that according to information he had received three young
women, one of whom had a close association to the three men, had
entered the house just before the shooting. According to Conway, the
woman, who is said to be older than the others who are 18 and 19,
told the teenagers that Robin was her brother and that he had just
returned from the United States and she was paying him a visit.
Stabroek News understands that both girls were lured into
accompanying the woman. Conway told this newspaper that the
teenagers said that they both had written Social Studies CXC
examinations earlier yesterday.
Stabroek News was told that when the young ladies entered the house
on Amla Avenue, the woman introduced them to Robin and she then
whispered a few words to him. She then left the home, telling them
that she was going to buy some food.
According to information, when the woman came back the policemen had
already surrounded the house. It was reported that when the gunfire
erupted the frightened teens clung to each other and immediately
asked Robin whether he was a bandit. They had not seen Brown and
George yet, but the two men came out of a room and began firing
shots back at the police, before sneaking through the back door and
into the other house on Deobirana Street.
While Brown and George were away, the teens began to cry and Robin
at that point told them to pray, while assuring them that he was not
a bandit. From all indications, Robin was not armed and as soon as
Brown and George ran into the other house, the gunfire stopped at
which time the young women emerged from the house surrendering
themselves to the police.
The wounded teen, who sustained a gunshot wound to the left
shoulder, told this newspaper she was in her home when she sustained
the wound. She said upon hearing gunshots she lay flat on the floor
and shielded her little brothers aged two and eight months. It was
then a stray bullet struck her within inches of her siblings.
She recalled that prior to her being hit the gunmen had left their
house and jumped into her yard while returning fire.
hiding under desks
When Stabroek News arrived, pandemonium had gripped most of the
Campbellville area with residents running out of their homes from as
far as Newtown, Kitty. Others more curious were running towards the
Workers in business places nearby said they took cover under desks
as the gunfire sounded as if it was in the compound.
Policemen were seen at every corner with their guns drawn, some out
of police clothing while others were in uniform, some with high
powered weapons, other with small pistols.
Numerous unmarked police vehicles and officers on motorcycles raced
through the avenue. Word eventually spread that three men were dead
and that Brown was among them.
After the word got out about five police vehicles packed with
officers raced through Stone Avenue and into Pike Street.
A short time later some of the
same ranks were seen running through Pike Street and Amla Avenue
with their guns drawn as if looking for more criminals. Some in the
crowd thought the men had got away.
But soon after, officers were celebrating. One officer, sitting in
the back of a vehicle thrust his fist in the air and shouted,
“Yeah! Police kill bandit!”
Reporters were denied entry into the heavily guarded houses. Police
had to search one of the homes with flashlights since there was no
power. In front of the house in Deobirana Street there was a large
pool of blood.
Meanwhile, a large crowd gathered at the Georgetown Public Hospital
awaiting the arrival of the dead men and went into a frenzy when the
People flocked to get a glimpse of the bodies which were briefly
displayed from the back of the hearse.
One woman, who persons identified as the reputed wife of Dillon
George, broke down after viewing the bodies. She was too distraught
to speak and leaned against a post staring aimlessly.
The shoot-out yesterday followed the deaths of six men on Wednesday
morning in Friendship in another confrontation with the police and
army. Among the men who died was another notorious criminal Romel
Public Enemy No. 1
Only days ago, US federal
authorities issued a warrant for Brown’s arrest as a
material witness in the kidnapping of US Embassy diplomat, Stephen
Lesniak earlier this year.
Along with four others, Dale Moore, Troy Dick, Mark Fraser and
Andrew Douglas, Brown shot his way out of prison on February 23,
2002, killing one prison officer and seriously wounding another.
Dick is now the only one still alive from a gang which wrought havoc
on the nation over the last fifteen months. During that period 21
police officers, two CANU officers, one prison officer and one
Brown is said to be wanted for over twenty murders, about fifty
robberies, and a series of kidnappings.
A senior police officer said that his rap sheet was so long it could
almost make a book. He was also implicated in Tuesday night’s
wounding of Shawn Hinds. A little over a year ago and also in
Prashad Nagar, Brown and his accomplices escaped a police dragnet.
They were thought to be hiding out in a house in Premniranjan Place
on May 4 after committing a hair-raising robbery the day before.
After the surrounding the house, police discovered that the men had
George, who was married to Brown’s sister, was only freed of a
murder charge on April 6 this year. He was found not guilty of the
December 4, 1997 murder of Mahaica Guyoil
gas station owner, Haraindra Nauth.