Fireman shot dead by bandits
December 28, 2011 | By KNews | Filed Under News
Delon Collins, a 29-year-old fireman of Vryman’s Erven, New Amsterdam, had his life snuffed
Dead: Delon Collins
out when he was shot dead at around 23:15 on Christmas Eve by bandits.
The young man and his fiancée, Probation and Welfare Officer, Nadine Crawford, 32, and her three children had just returned from shopping in Rose Hall Town. They had just entered Crawford’s yard at Alness, Corentyne, Berbice, when they were confronted by four men armed with firearms.
Police in a press release stated that the men took away jewellery and $62,000 during which Delon Collins was shot to his chest after which the perpetrators escaped.
It is understood that Collins tried to run away when he spotted the bandits but they opened fire on him as he was fleeing, hitting him in the side of his chest.
When he collapsed, one of the bandits stripped him of the cash he had in his pocket amounting to $42,000, leaving him with his jewellery. His fiancée was relieved of her personal jewllery during the attack which has left the children traumatized.
Divisional Commander Steve Merai told Kaieteur News that the shooter was positively identified as a known criminal who was recently released from prison.
According to the commander, the man has been sentenced to 18 months in his absence for another armed robbery.
“We know who we are looking for and we will soon be able to know who the other gang members are,” the Commander said.
A source in Berbice told this newspaper that Collins, who worked at the Fire Station in Onverwagt, West Berbice, had earlier parked his car at the Fire Service’s Rose Hall Location before going out and shop in the town along with Crawford and her three children.
They returned sometime after 22:00 hrs and uplifted the car before heading back to Crawford’s Alness residence. It was sometime after that he was shot.
Collins leaves to mourn his mother, one brother and three sisters.
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