Suspect was being electronically monitored
A man who had been assigned an
electronic monitoring device broke into a home in the George Town area early
Thursday and ended up getting shot by an elderly homeowner inside the house.
The shooting occurred just after
2am Thursday at a home on Liguinea Circle near the Truman Bodden Sports Complex
of the University College of the Cayman Islands.
According to Royal Cayman Islands
Police Inspector Dane Pinnock, a man phoned 911 at 2.04am to report that he had
shot an individual who was trying to break into his house.
The man who was shot, identified by
police as 29-year-old Harryton Rivers, was taken to hospital in critical
condition and Inspector Pinnock said Mr. Rivers was later pronounced dead.
The man has previously been
identified in court proceedings as Harrington Rivers, but his attorney
confirmed Thursday that the correct spelling of the first name is ‘Harryton’.
Mr. Pinnock said the weapon used to
shoot Mr. Rivers was a licensed firearm that belonged to the homeowner.
Residents in the area near the home
said the suspected burglar broke into the house through a window after
unscrewing the hurricane shutters.
Police said the 65-year-old
homeowner, who is not being identified by the Caymanian Compass, awoke to find
Mr. Rivers inside his house and fired a single shot, hitting the 29-year-old
man in the abdomen.
RCIPS officials said the homeowner,
whose wife was also in the house at the time of the break-in, was still being
questioned and that the man had not been arrested.
It was not believed that the
suspected burglar had a firearm, but police had not confirmed that by press
A Caymanian man who lives on the
same street as the homeowner involved in the shooting, said he felt the
incident was “unfortunate from anyone’s perspective”, but that he supported his
neighbour in taking actions to defend his house and family.
“I think this man was well within
his right to use a firearm to protect his home,” said the man, whose name the
Compass is not printing to protect him from potential retaliation. “I’m glad to
see that, for once, the homeowner wasn’t the one who ended up dead.
“I feel it was an unfortunate
incident from anybody’s perspective. But I’m glad that it ended the way it did
with the ‘bad guy’ being the one to suffer the ill-fate as opposed to the
According to information obtained
by the Caymanian Compass, an electronic monitor had been attached to the
burglary suspect’s leg at some point via law enforcement orders, but was not on
him at the time the burglary occurred.
Officials with the Portfolio of
Internal and External Affairs, which is the government agency responsible for
the electronic monitoring programme, confirmed that the individual who was shot
was being monitored.
“At the time of the alleged
interrupted burglary, the relevant tracking device was showing as present at
another location,” 911 Manager Brent Finster said. “Upon becoming aware that
the person who had been shot was a client of the Electronic Monitoring
Programme, police attended the other location and recovered the tracking
Mr. Finster said Rivers was
referred to the monitoring programme by police under conditions of the Bail Law
on 18 June.
“The Department has initiated a
full investigation to determine under what circumstances the tracking device became
detached from the client,” Mr. Finster said.
The break-in at Liguinea Circle was
just one of several criminal incidents that have occurred on Grand Cayman over
the past 48 hours.
Homeowner pistol-whipped in burglary
Police said a man and his wife were
terrorised by three burglary suspects during a home invasion, which also
happened early Thursday morning.
The incident occurred about
half-an-hour after Rivers was shot to death on Liguinea Circle and there
appeared to be no connection between the two incidents.
According to police reports, about
2.40am Thursday, a man and his wife were within their home in Cypros Road,
George Town, when they were awakened by three intruders.
Police said one of the men had a
handgun and struck the homeowner in the head with the weapon, demanding money.
The suspects, all wearing black
clothing, made off from the house with about $3,000, according to information
obtained by the Caymanian Compass.
The victim sustained slight
injuries as a result of the incident.
No arrests were immediately
Robbery at shoe shop
Royal Cayman Islands Police were
investigating the broad daylight robbery of a shoe store in West Bay Wednesday.
Detectives said one person, a
23-year-old male, was in custody in connection with the robbery.
The Shoes Best Repair and Variety
store at the corner of Fountain Road and King Road was held up just before noon
Police said the suspect threatened
the store manager and made off with a small amount of cash. Investigators said
the man was armed with what appeared to be a handgun.
No one was injured in the incident.
The suspect was arrested a short distance away from the robbery scene on
In an unrelated incident, police said
the Valu-Med Pharmacy in central George Town was broken into sometime
overnight. Police were informed of the break-in just before 5am Wednesday.
No word on what, if anything, had
been taken in the break-in. The store had re-opened by Wednesday afternoon.
There were no arrests reported in
connection with the pharmacy burglary.
Break-in at warehouse
Another burglary was reported at
Cayman Distributors warehouse on Eastern Avenue Wednesday.
It was not certain what time the
storage warehouse was broken into, or what had been taken. The call came into
police around 8am.
No arrests were reported.