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Death follows death

By STACY MOORE Saturday, February 15 2014

MINUTES after shooting and killing a businessman in front his Cunupia businessplace, two bandits were themselves shot and killed by police during a shootout which followed a high speed chase yesterday. A third bandit surrendered to officers.

Businessman Daren “Shane” Painter was shot in the head in front his businessplace along Southern Main Road, Cunupia. He died on the spot. Eleven spent shells were recovered near his body.

However, Painter’s killers’ bid for freedom was short-lived when police units on instruction of Ag Snr Supt Johnny Abraham from Central and Southern Division joined in the search for the killers.

As a police viper helicopter carried out aerial surveillance, police officers set up strategic roadblocks along several roads and along the Solomon Hochoy Highway. Officers from Central and Southern Divisions, Highway patrol, CID, Task Force, Special Branch and the Canine Unit were involved.

According to police at about 10.30 am Painter, 35, was standing outside his businessplace, ‘The Firm Auto Agency’ when a gunman approached and began shooting. The gunman then escaped in a waiting Mazda 323 motor car. Reports said, the gunmen abandoned that car a short distance and commandeered a grey Volkswagen Jetta sedan.

Following a high speed chase the Volkswagen Jetta was spotted in Freeport. Officers intercepted the vehicle and two of the men escaped in some nearby bushes. Police officers followed and there was an exchange of gunfire.

Two of the men were injured during the shootout and were taken to the Chaguanas Health Facility where they were pronounced dead on arrival. A third suspect was detained by police. The dead men remained unidentified up to press time. Two firearms were recovered at the scene.

Ag Snr Supt Abraham said one of the killers, as he was shooting Painter, laughed as he pulled out a second gun and continued shooting Painter who by then was on the ground bleeding profusely.

Abraham commended the team of officers and also thanked members of the public for coming forward and giving information to the police which led to the gunmen being intercepted.

“This goes to show that people in Central Division have confidence in the work of police and are not afraid to partner with us. We are securing Central Division on the people’s behalf,” Abraham said. An unlicensed firearm was found tucked in Painter’s pants waist during a search of his clothing by police and the District Medical Officer. The three bodies were later removed to the Forensic Science Centre in St James for autopsies. Investigations are continuing.

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