with bullet holes: the car driven by Vibert Inniss when he
His lifeless body, riddled with bullet wounds, was later removed
from his blood-spattered car by Police.
Police were reportedly looking for a woman who might be able to assist them in their investigations.
SOLDIERS on patrol
following the slaying of the CANU official yesterday.
Reports said that shortly before 06:00 hrs, Inniss, in his
mid-forties, was proceeding west along the Buxton Public Road in his
motorcar PHH 6436 when he stopped in the vicinity of Company Road to
purchase newspaper from a vendor. This was something he reportedly did
Unconfirmed reports said that a female who was with him in the car
got out to get the newspaper while he waited for her to return.
As Inniss sat waiting in the parked car, a white motor vehicle,
licence plate unknown, drove up from behind.
Police said a man emerged from the car and opened fire on the
senior CANU official who was shot several times.
The first shots were fired from the right side of Inniss' car,
hitting him in the head, face, shoulders, and other parts of the body.
But even as the badly wounded officer slumped in the seat of his
car, the gunmen did not cease firing.
According to witnesses, the assailants fired on both sides of the
car, discharging three rounds from the front which penetrated the
windscreen, inflicting deadly wounds on Inniss.
The men then got back into their car and escaped.
Reports said the woman who had left to buy the newspaper also fled.
Police recovered several spent war shells form the crime scene, and
his motor car. These have been sent for ballistic examination, and the
vehicle lodged at the Vigilance Police Station, East Coast Demerara.
Reports said that shells were recovered from several war heads,
indicating that the shooting was not done by a lone gunman.
Meanwhile, the Guyana Defence Force, in collaboration with the
Police Force quickly set up a roadblock in the vicinity of the
Industrial Engineering Ltd (IEL), Good Hope, East Coast Demerara as
they moved to find clues in relation to the shooting.
The law enforcement officer, who served in the Narcotics Division
of the Police Force for several years, was a member of CANU for about
the last six years.
During his time at CANU, he was reported to have done several
training courses, and received several commendations.
By virtue of his creditable performance, he rose to the rank of
Acting Head of the Unit in the absence of CANU Chief, Mr. Freddie
Truman who is currently abroad, officials said.
He leaves to mourn, his wife Mrs. Vibert Inniss, children and other
Yesterday's execution of Superintendent Inniss occurred just a few
weeks following an attack on CANU headquarters on Homestretch Avenue,
In that attack, concussion grenades were hurled into the compound
by gunmen in a white car, who also opened fire on the buildings,
causing considerable damage.
Several vehicles in the compound were seriously damaged but no one
was reported wounded.
Inniss is the ninth law enforcement officer to have been gunned
down in cold blood following the escape from the Georgetown Prison by
five dangerous criminals on February 23, last.
On April 2, Police Superintendent Leon Fraser was brutally gunned
down at Yarowkabra on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway as he and others
mounted a search for armed and dangerous criminals.
Yesterday's killing also came just two weeks after a presumptuous
shootout by bandits, wounding three Policemen in an Impact patrol
vehicle just outside the Brickdam Police Station and the Ministry of
Home Affairs in Georgetown on August 12. Those ranks have since been
discharged from hospital.
Other Policemen slain in the six-month crime rampage were
Detective Sergeant Harry Kooseram who was shot and killed on April 15, while on his way to work at Vigilance Police Station;
Constable Sherwin Alleyne, one of a group of cops ambushed at Coldingen, East Coast Demerara on May 25;
Constable Andy Atwell, also executed as he stood at the entrance to the compound of the Alberttown Police Station on May 30;
Constable Rawle Thomas of the Target Special Squad, shot while on duty in the vicinity of the Wismar Police Station on June 14, died on June 16;
Corporal Adrian London - a member of the Brickdam Anti-Crime Squad - killed by a hail of bullets while on Joseph Pollydore Street, Lodge on July 11 last;
Constables Ramphal and Outar Kissoon of Rose Hall,
Corentyne who were shot dead when bandits staged a two-and-a-half hour
siege and shootout on July 21, forcing another Policeman and a
businessman into the lockups at the Police outpost.
Several other Policemen have also been wounded in the upsurge of
Several business people have been killed too by the bandits who
have also been targeting security guards.
The slaying of the CANU official came just two days following the
first in a series of national consultation meetings on the critical
issue of the proliferation of crime in the country.
That meeting, chaired by Minister of Home Affairs, Mr. Ronald
Gajraj, was held at the Ocean View Convention Centre, Liliendaal, East
Coast Demerara on Thursday.
The national consultation meetings are being held in response to
the current crime wave and its impact on Guyanese, both locally and
abroad, and as mandated by President Bharrat Jagdeo earlier, Head of
the Presidential Secretariat, Dr. Roger Luncheon said.
Those in attendance at Thursday's session included representatives of political parties, the religious community, labour, the private sector and security firms.
Sunday, August 25, 2002