Guyana police shoot and kill teen

June 9, 2010

GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Police in Guyana on Monday shot and killed a sixteen-year-old boy who was reportedly fleeing after he was reported, along with several others, molesting a group of school girls.

The teen Kelvin Fraser, 16, according to a police statement was shot during a scuffle with one of the lawmen.

The police say, at about 13:15 hrs, ranks at the Patentia West Bank Demerara Police Station responded to a report of a group of men harassing female students at the Patentia Secondary School.

“Initial investigations indicate that the headmistress of the school reported to a member of the Community Policing Group who in turn informed the police at Wales Police Station concerning the molesting of the female students. The police responded promptly and, on arrival at the school, six youths were pointed out as the perpetrators,” the police said.

“On seeing the police four of the youths ran away while two were arrested. The ranks pursued the four youths and caught up with Kelvin Fraser at Third Street, Patentia Housing Scheme. During efforts to arrest him, a scuffle ensued between himself and a rank who was armed with a service shotgun which went off, hitting Fraser to his chest,” the police said.

The rank involved in the shooting, according to police, is in custody as investigations continue.

Fraser was taken to the West Demerara Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

The teen is the great nephew of Leon Fraser, an ex- police superintendent, who was shot dead on the Linden/ Soesdyke highway during a shootout with several persons believed to be the escapees from the Camp Street prison in 2002.

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