Two cops discharged from hospital
Stabroek News
May 30, 2002

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Two of the four policemen who were shot by gunmen while on a police mobile patrol at Coldingen, East Coast Demerara, last Saturday were discharged from the Georgetown Public Hospital while another rank, Constable Marlon Cruickshank remains in a critical but stable condition at the institution.

A release from the Police Public Relations Department yesterday stated that Constable Ravi Outar was discharged on Tuesday morning while Corporal Ray Gyness was discharged yesterday morning.

The other rank injured in the incident was Constable Sherwin Alleyne who succumbed on Monday night.

According to the release, the force continues to offer condolences to the relatives of the late Constable Alleyne while sharing their sorrow in their time of bereavement. The force also wishes the two ranks who were discharged as well as Cruickshank who is still hospitalised a speedy and complete recovery.

"We wish to express our heartfelt appreciation to the doctors, nurses and staff of the GPHC for the assistance given and that which they will continue to give in the efforts to render the best possible medical treatment to our ranks."

The release added that the investigation which was launched into the dastardly act is ongoing and all law enforcement efforts have been employed to investigate in order to ascertain the identity of the two criminals.

Meanwhile, the Police Association (PA) in a press release strongly condemned what it described as the "violent and vicious attack" on the four ranks. The association said that the recent attack resulted in the death of Alleyne and the subsequent hospitalisation of Cruickshank, Gyness and Outar.

The association described the recent violent attack on the police by criminals as a means of driving fear into members of the force who in the constant face of death are doing their duty to protect citizens and ensure that law and order are maintained.

"However, we wish to assure the public that members of the force will continue to demonstrate resilience as these attacks will not deter us from discharging our mandate."

The PA is calling on all organisations and civic-minded citizens to strongly condemn this and all other attacks on the police and to support them in the fight against crime.

The association also extended its sincere condolences to the bereaved family, relatives, friends and co-workers of the late Constable 18521 Alleyne.