GUYANA — A policeman is dead and his colleague and lover is in a critical condition after a shooting at the La Grange Police Station, West Bank Demerara, according to reports.
Dead is Police Constable Clement Cockfield, who according to reports shot Female Constable Shanice Fraser at around 10 pm on Tuesday before turning the weapon on himself, the Stabroek News reported.
Acting Police Public Relations Officer, Shivpersaud Bacchus, according to the newspaper, confirmed that Cockfield died while Fraser was in a critical condition at the Georgetown Public Hospital.
Reports are that the two officers shared an and off relationship and they performed duties on different shifts at the station. The shooting occurred during an argument. The Guyana Police Force is investigating.
News Room, an online news service, reported that Fraser was shot five times by Cockfield who then shot himself in the head.
The initial investigation revealed that Constable Fraser had just completed a tour of duty, while Constable Cockfield reported for anti-crime patrol duty. In the process, he uplifted a service revolver with six rounds, according to News Room.
The police report noted that a few minutes after, Fraser and Cockfield were seen on the stairway of the station and loud explosions were heard. Constable Fraser then ran down the stairs into the compound and was observed bleeding profusely, News Room reported.
Fraser was assisted by ranks on duty but Constable Cockfield pursued her and continued to discharge rounds at her. She ran and collapsed. It was noted that despite being cautioned by colleagues, who pleaded with him, Constable Cockfield turned the firearm on himself. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the West Demerara Regional Hospital.