Tucville shootout with police leaves two men wounded

-car without licence plate was trailed from UG road
Two men were last evening under police guard at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPH) nursing gunshot wounds following a shootout with the lawmen early yesterday morning.

According to the police, around 3:45 am yesterday, following information receiv-ed, ranks of a mobile police patrol on the University of Guyana Access Road area encountered a suspicious-looking motor car without number plates.

The ranks trailed the motor car through Sophia and into the Guyhoc Park area when they came under fire from persons in the vehicle. The police returned fire during which an object was observed being thrown out of the motor car and into the nearby canal.

The motor car, an AT 170, was subsequently stopped and upon checking the ranks found two men inside. Trevor Belle, of 31 Henry Street, Werk-en-Rust was found with a wound to his lower back while Courtney Higgins, 22,  who also resides at Henry Street was found with a wound to his right foot.
At the GPH yesterday afternoon, Higgins’ older brother Mark, told Stabroek News that his brother, who was undergoing treatment in the High Dependency Unit of the GPH, was stable. He said that his brother‘s injury was serious.

The man noted that his brother and his injured friend had earlier on Saturday evening attended a show at the Starlite Drive-in cinema at Montrose, East Coast Demerara. He said that the car in question, which he noted is registered as PFF 8778, is owned by another family friend and according to him it was undergoing repairs.

He said that his brother related that the car’s documents were not up to date and that Belle, whom he noted is a route 48 mini-bus driver, did not have  his licence in his possession at the time of the incident. He said the men related that they saw a vehicle trailing them along the East Coast Public Road sometime after midnight and because of the absence of the vehicle/s documents, they decided to drive away after sensing that they were being shadowed by the police.

The injured Higgins’ right foot was wrapped in a cast yesterday and he remains a patient at the Male Surgical ward of the GPHC.

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