Gun found in bush

A fully loaded pistol was recovered by a Royal Cayman Islands Police
K-9 team as the handler and his dog carried out a routine patrol in the
Red Bay area Wednesday.

Late Wednesday afternoon, the officer and his dog ‘Boris’ were
patrolling in the Admiral’s Landing area when they recovered a Heckler
and Koch pistol hidden in some bushes at the location. 

“This was a significant recovery by the K-9 team,” said
RCIPS Superintendent Kurt Walton. “The public can expect to see our
K-9 officers and their dogs out on foot patrol in their neighbourhoods and in
particular in bushy areas. On this occasion we saw the positive result of one of
those patrols. 

“The automatic pistol had one bullet in the chamber and
another eight in the magazine. The fact that it’s now in our possession and no
longer available for use by gunmen on the Island is good news. Recent events
have shown that the criminals who carry guns are using them indiscriminately to
injure people. We’re lucky that no-one has been killed so far. The recovery of
this gun means that there is one less dangerous weapon on the streets for the
criminals to use to destroy innocent lives.”

Mr. Walton also confirmed that 31 rounds of live ammunition had been
surrendered at Bodden Town police station yesterday as part of the police service’s ongoing gun amnesty in July. 

“We have got off to a slow
start with this year’s amnesty,” he said. “But one round fired from a gun is all
it takes to kill someone. We now have 41 rounds off the streets as a direct
result of the amnesty. There are still a few days left until the end of the
month for people to do the right thing and drop their unwanted, illegal and
unlicensed weapons or ammunition to us”