Soldier shot dead by colleague at Timehri army base
…27 rounds discharged; BoI to be convened
A seemingly frivolous fight between two soldiers at the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Base Camp in Timehri on Monday morning turned deadly when one of them indiscriminately discharged a high-powered rifle, striking the other several times about his body, resulting in his demise.
Dead is 24-year-old Tevon Daymon, a Private in the GDF who was attached to 21 Artillery Company and who resided at Block X Cornelia Ida, West Coast Demerara (WCD).
The suspect, a 25-year-old Lance Corporal, has since been arrested.
Reports are that around 04:51h on the day in question, a fight erupted between the duo whilst they were on duty at Camp Stephenson. This publication understands that the soldiers were performing security duties when they were embroiled in an argument over the opening of a gate.
It was during this argument that Daymon reportedly struck the suspect to his head with the magazine from his rifle, thus causing him to sustain injuries. Daymon then began to run away but the suspect, who was armed with an AK rifle loaded with 30 rounds, discharged 27 bullets in the victim’s direction, causing him to collapse; two of the rounds reportedly struck the young soldier.
Both men sought medical attention but Daymon later succumbed to his injuries whilst at the Diamond Hospital at around 07:45h.
The GDF has since issued a statement noting that this incident is an isolated one and that it in no way reflects the overall discipline and professionalism of its ranks.
Moreover, the Force said a Board of Inquiry will be convened to investigate the circumstances that led to the fatal shooting of Private Daymon.
Meanwhile, GDF Chief of Staff, Brigadier Omar Khan, officers and ranks have expressed condolences to the parents and family of the late Private Daymon. A statement from the Force said the organisation will ensure that all necessary support is given to the family at this time. (G11)