Woman killed during shoot-out with cops, fugitives “close acquaintance” of prison escapee


The woman, who was killed on Monday night (yesterday) during the shoot-out between the police and two (2) Mazaruni Prison escapees, has been identified as 49-year-old Better Hope (South) Squatting Dam, East Coast Demerara (ECD) resident, Savita Rajkumar.

According to a police statement today (Tuesday), the now dead woman’s daughter, 26-year-old Shenike Williams, a housewife of Friendship Squatting Area, East Bank Demerara (EBD), positively identified the body to be her mom’s.

The Guyana Police Force (GPF) noted that the woman was a “close acquaintance” of one of the two dead prison escapees who were shot to death after ranks of the GPF ventured to the location where they had been hiding.

The dead fugitives are Imran Ramsaywack and Ryan Jones.

Ramsaywack, of Lot 7 Adelphi Village, East Coast Berbice was sentenced to death after being found guilty of the murder of a United States of America (USA)-based woman, who hailed from Buxton, ECD, Samantha Benjamin, in 2015.

Jones, of Bartica, Region Seven, was sentenced to 28 years in prison after he pleaded “guilty” to the unlawful killing of a mechanic from Timehri, East Bank Demerara (EBD), Puranand Baljit, who was stabbed to death during a robbery at his Madewini home in 2016.

HGP Nightly News understands that the shooting incident took place around 20:40h while ranks of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) were acting on information received and ventured to the fugitive’s “hideout.”

According to a statement from the GPF, its ranks noticed that there were three (3) wooden shacks on the abandoned field, with two (2) “partly constructed ones.”

“The Police ranks began clearing the first shack but no one was seen. As the ranks were approaching the second shack, a voice was heard in the third shack and the ranks immediately called out indicating Police. A male immediately emerged and discharged a round at the Police and then ran.”

The statement from the cops explained that this is when GPF ranks returned fire.

“Two (2) males and a female were wounded and lay in the shack with gunshot injuries, whilst one male escaped. A sawn-off double barrel shotgun was found at the scene.”

The now dead men were later positively identified by the cops to be two of the four (4) convicted killers that escaped the Mazaruni Prison on February 16, this year.

The bodies of the three (3) dead persons are presently at Lyken’s Funeral Home each awaiting a Post Mortem Examination (PME).


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