A Corporal of Police and a civilian have died from gunshot wounds on Wednesday.
A police official confirmed to THE NEW TODAY that Cpl. Daniel Edgar was killed in the line of duty, having succumbed to the injury he sustained in the St. Mark’s area.
He said that Cpl. Edgar, who is from the Tivoli/La Potrie area in St. Andrew’s, was among a party of Police Officers who went out on an operation when the unfortunate incident took place.
This newspaper was told that the lawmen rushed to Belmont Estate in St. Mark’s to quell an apparent hostage-taking situation.
Cpl. Edgar who was stationed in Grenville Police Station in recent months was just transferred to take up duties in St. Mark’s.
There are unconfirmed reports that a 20-year old man whose name has been given as Kevon Wellington walked onto the estate early Wednesday morning and proceeded to take three men hostage at gunpoint.
Cpl. Edgar was reportedly shot in the chest by the hostage-taker who was eventually shot and killed by other police officers in a reported shoot-out.
It is also understood that another individual on the compound is hospitalised arising out of a chopping involving the St. Mark’s incident.
According to the spokesman, the police force will undertake a full inquiry into the incident including the information received that prompted the lawmen to undertake the operation onto the farm.
There are unconfirmed reports that the gunman used an AK-47 rifle to shoot Cpl. Edgar in the chest.
The Russian-made gun was the choice weapon used by members of the disbanded People’s Revolutionary Army (PRA) during the 1979-83 Grenada Revolution.
Another source described the gunman as a deportee from Canada.
He is said to be “mentally disturbed” and a habitual user of crack cocaine.
Head of the Community Relations Department of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF), Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Sylvan McIntyre has described the unfortunate incident as “a dark day” in the history of the RGPF.
ASP McIntyre pointed out that RGPF has just been mourning the recent loss of Inspector of Police, Harold Frame, and Cpl. 633 Andrew Stephen Frederick who will be buried today (Friday April 22nd.).
“Today we wish to confirm that one of our men has fallen in the line of duty, he was shot this day (Wednesday) in the parish of St. Mark’s,” he said.