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UPDATE: Man Charged for Firearm Offenses Following Friday Night Operation, 3 May

3rd May, 2022 Police Headlines

Update (3 May):

The man, age 20 of Bodden Town, who was arrested on Friday night, 29 April, after being stopped in a vehicle, has been formally charged with Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm and Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm (Ammunition) in relation to the incident. He appeared in court yesterday, 2 May, and was remanded pending a further appearance on 5 May.


Initial Release (30 April):

Shortly after 6:00PM, Friday 29 April, the RCIPS Tactical Firearms Response Unit had reason to stop a vehicle to carry out a search on Yacht Drive, West Bay.


The vehicle did not stop immediately, however. As it eventually came to a halt, two male occupants absconded on foot.  Police apprehended and arrested a 20 year old man of Bodden Town, for Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm and he was taken into custody. One firearm was recovered from the vehicle.  The vehicle, a white Toyota Yaris, was recovered by police and will be examined for forensic evidence.


One other man made his escape and police proceeded to pursue him across multiple locations in the vicinity of West Bay Road.  He was believed to have been in possession of a firearm.  During the pursuit a single shot was fired by a tactical firearms officer.  No injuries were reported.


Several road blocks were put in place to support efforts to locate and apprehend the man, including one at the Yacht Club roundabout.


The search for the man was stood down shortly after 9pm.


“We understand that Friday night’s police activity attracted heightened public awareness”, says Detective Superintendent Peter Lansdown.  “We want to thank the public for cooperating with the police in allowing us to carry out our duties.  This operation was a direct result of our heightened policing response to recent firearms incidents. The public will see more officers, particularly firearms officers, conducting operations. Our officers will continue efforts to locate the individual, but we ask the public, please, if you know anything about the movements of this man, please contact the police”. 


If persons have information about the incident please call the Major Incident Room at 649-2930. Anonymous tips can be provided directly to the RCIPS via our Confidential Tip Line at 949-7777, or via our website. 


Anonymous tips may also be submitted through Cayman Crime Stoppers online.