Pomona logger may have accidentally shot himself dead

An Essequibo logger was killed early Tuesday morning at Oku Backdam, Cuyuni after apparently accidentally shooting himself with an improvised shotgun, police said yesterday.

Police in a press release said that the shooting incident occurred around 0100 hours. Stabroek News had originally been told that the man was shot dead during an invasion of his mining camp at Puruni, Region Seven and that a team of policemen had been dispatched to the scene.

Police yesterday clarified that investigations so far indicate that Gaime, age 34 years, of Pomona Village, Essequibo Coast “accidentally shot himself through his throat with an improvised 12 gauge shotgun while travelling on a tractor”. The improvised shotgun and an empty casing have been recovered by the police, the release said, adding that the driver of the vehicle and another man are in police custody assisting with the investigations.

When Stabroek News visited the man’s home yesterday afternoon, relatives declined to speak about the shooting.

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