Police rank implicated in shooting death of E’bo businessman still under close arrest

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Shot and killed: Orin Boston

The Police rank implicated in the shooting death of Orin Boston of 22 Happie Street, Dartmouth Village, Essequibo Coast is still under close arrest as investigations continue, a Police source has confirmed. On Wednesday, September 15, 2021,  Boston, 29, a father of two, was shot and killed by a Police rank who was among a party of Policemen conducting an anti-crime patrol in the area. 

Police Headquarters in a statement said its ranks were conducting an anti-crime operation in the Police Regional Division Two, and at about 04:00 h they went to Boston’s home to conduct a search. During this time, according to a Police statement, there was a confrontation between Boston and a Police rank which resulted in him being shot to his upper left arm. 

An injured Boston was rushed to the Suddie Public Hospital where he was pronounced on arrival. A post mortem examination conducted on his remains revealed that he died as a result of hemorrhage and shock due to gunshot injuries to his chest. The Pathologist removed a warhead from his body.

Following the shooting, Police Commissioner Nigel Hoppie instructed the Police’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) to commence, immediately, a thorough investigation into the matter.  The latest information is that a file has been sent to the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) for review. 

Boston’s killing has caused widespread outrage by residents in his community who had commenced burning tyres and other debris on the main roadway calling for justice. The now dead man’s family has been calling for an independent and professional probe into his killing. Moreover, the Guyana Police Force has dismissed assertions by the family’s lawyers that Boston’s death is an act of murder.

Nevertheless, the Police Force said it is assuring Boston’s relatives, and the general general public, that “a thorough, impartial and professional investigation” will be conducted.

Meanwhile, A New and United Guyana (ANUG)- one of the small political parties which contested the 2020 General and Regional elections is calling for a coroner’s Inquest to be conducted into the “violent death” of Boston. ANUG said the inquest should be conducted by the district magistrate as coroner. 

Importantly, the party noted, “the public, the media, the entire country could then be informed of  (i) what ‘intelligence’ the SWAT team acted on to break into Boston’s home; (ii) why they did not have a search warrant to enter the premises; (iii) whether their forced entry into those premises was lawful; (iv) what circumstances necessitated the use of deadly force by twelve trained and armed men to subdue one man in his bedroom.” 

It noted that the coroner’s finding should inform whether a crime has been committed which should be prosecuted. President Irfaan Ali is expected to meet with Boston’s relatives sometime soon.

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