Cops arrest suspect gunman

| 21/12/2010

(CNS): Police have arrested a 31-year-old man after he threatened a number of people with a gun in Bodden Town last night. Police said that the man brandished his weapon during a dispute, which occurred around 9.30pm outside Water Boyz Liquor Store in the Odessa Plaza. The dispute between the man and woman escalated when he suddenly brandished the firearm, threatening the woman and a number of people who were standing nearby. No shots were fired and no-one was injured before the couple left the scene. The suspected gunman was arrested a short time later after a search was launched by police and he was located in Shamrock Road.

The man who is believed to be Andy Barnes the father of the five year old boy Jeremiah Barnes shot and killed in a West Bay gas station in February, was arrested on suspicion of possession of an unlicensed firearm and threatening behaviour. He remains in police custody while enquiries are ongoing.

Detective Constable Elizabeth Berns of Bodden Town CID has appealed for any witnesses to the incident to come forward.

“There were a number of people outside the store at the time of the incident in fact some of them had just come from a nearby church. I would ask any of those people who have not yet spoken to the police to come forward,” she said.

Anyone with information should contact Bodden Town police station on 947-2220 or the confidential Crime Stoppers number 800-8477(TIPS).

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