Shot fired in attempted cash van heist

Royal Cayman Islands Police confirmed late Friday that a security guard was shot at during an attempted robbery of a cash transport van in George Town. 
The security guard was hurt. However, police said the injuries occurred from the man falling to the ground. He was not hit by the bullet. 
According to police, two men attacked the security guard as he was transporting cash from a business to an armoured van that was parked in the Dolphin Centre on Eastern Avenue around 8pm. 
Police said one of the suspects shot at the guard who fell to the ground. Shortly after the shot was fired both suspects fled, police said. 
The security guard and a colleague, who was in the van during the attempted robbery, drove away from the scene to a secure location following the incident.
Police said the guard suffered “slight injuries” from striking the ground. He was taken to hospital for treatment. 
Limited descriptions of one suspect said he was about 5’8′ tall, slim and dark complected, wearing a white t-shirt. No arrests were immediately reported. 
Anyone with information about the attempted robbery is asked to call the George Town Police Station at 949-4222, the RCIPS tip line at 949-7777 or Crime Stoppers at 800-8477.


  1. So the criminals escape with an opportunity to offend another day or night. I’m disappointed that the government would not support the motion to permit properly trained security guards to carry firearms on their person for their protection. Last night was a perfect example of why some security guards also need firearms.

    ‘An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.’ – Sir Winston Churchill

  2. Sorry, Dennie Warren, I disagree with you. Try to imagine the scene if the security guards had guns (presumably rifles, as these seem to be the weapon of choice in the USA for example): the criminals and the guards shooting it out – apart from injury and death between them, what about possible bystanders- perhaps parents with children?
    Don’t misunderstand me – such criminals must be caught and given their due punishment in prison – without TV, no smoking privileges, standard adequate diet and no supplements from visitors, limited visiting rights, and without all the other stuff the Human Rights Industry has foisted upon us.
    But setting up a Wild West scenario does not seem a sensible way to me.

  3. You have to wonder how sick these people really are.
    Their sense of social normalcy is beyond belief; to unthinkingly attempt to kill another human.
    Allow security personnel to be armed (with strict and repeated training); it WILL not deter these criminal actions but might possibly provide a defensive retaliatory reaction which could save a life, an innocent life, theirs or others.
    Streamline the judiciary process to the point whereby anyone who has been caught with a gun and has attempted to take a life, or not, to be moved to the front of the line with lighting speed.
    No coddling, just swift justice.

  4. And who are you? Following your view will lead to a society where most people live in constant terror, because their lives will be dictated by the desires of criminals. This society has not started to feel fear yet. Knock yourself out, but no thank you. I recommend handguns and shotguns, for certain properly trained security guards.

  5. And you wonder why these guys have no fear in Cayman. I’m sure they know they will never be met with any significant retaliation. Right now they have free run, after all they are really the only ones that are armed. And I’m sure they know that most are unwilling or afraid to fight back for fear that someone may or may not get hurt. Victim or Criminal.

    And this case points something else out, how is your money any safer with you than with and unarmed courier service.

  6. Old Hand

    I have to question your perception of things, in this case.

    In a perfect world, guns, crimes, robberies, murders etc etc, would not exist.

    We would all be living in peace and harmony, with all our basic necessities in life provided for, both emotionally and physically.

    However, this utopia does not exist anywhere on this planet, the Cayman Islands included.

    Your views would have more merit if the record of the RCIPS in apprehending some of these robbers or solving the outstanding cases were better but the record shows…that is not the case.

    In the natural order of things, the arming of police officers and security personnell will have to be gradually implemented in Cayman, given the current state of affairs.

    While I don’t agree with the wholesale arming of the entire civilian population…if those tasked with the security of the people and property of the country can actually do the job properly, the civilian population might not feel the need to arm themselves for their personnell protection.

    In case you haven’t noticed, the armed criminals have upped the game, they are now firing shots at security guards carrying out their duties…how soon will it be before they start firing shots at unarmed police officers ?

    I’m sorry my friend, but the Cayman of old no longer exists and it is highly irresponsible of those in authority to not acknowledge this and make the decisions that will address this most dangerous and unsafe situation in Grand Cayman right now.

  7. Firery,

    Firstly, if by ‘can actually do the job properly’ you mean can clean up the mess and find the robbers; rapist; murder(s), that would be an improvement upon the RCIPS’ current performance, but from where I stand, I’m more interested in people being able to prevent the lost of their lives. Since the RCIPS will not be present during the vast majority of crimes, it will not be possible for them to prevent the loss of a resident’s life. Consequently, it is unreasonable to deign residents a means of personal protection.

    In short, people will always needs arms for their protection, because some will always choose a life of crime.

    Secondly, the police have been shot at twice, once as they were driving down Shedden Road in 2009, and another time in relation to the robbery of Mostyn’s Esso in BT in 2010.

    As usual, the state is behind the curve and residents are left with that end of the stick. It’s not possible for the police to always protect residents, so unless one wants to be a victim and hope the RCIPS find those responsible it is be wise to consider ignoring the anti-firearm non-sense of the Commissioner of Police, Mr. David Baines.

  8. As usual, the state is behind the curve and residents are left with that end of the stick. It’s not possible for the police to always protect residents, so unless one wants to be a victim and hope the RCIPS find those responsible it is be wise to consider ignoring the anti-firearm non-sense of the Commissioner of Police, Mr. David Baines.

    Mr. Warren, I use the above quote from your comments to both agree with you and as a reference for my won comments in response to yours.

    I’m using my on-line name here but we have had this discussion before in open letters to the press where I was identified by my own name…and we are much more in agreement than in disagreement, on this particular issue.

    What your comments have highlighted is the current, entrenched system that has cornered the market on security and self-defense laws and systems in Cayman…its all about who is set to make the most money out of keeping the current laws in place, or gradually changing them so that they and their partners will continue to reap the financial benefits…and the RCIPS is in this up to their necks, their command heirarchy, that is.

    The poor rank-and-file members of the RCIPS are as much victims as the unarmed and unprotected civilian and security guard…and the gun-toting gangsters know this very well; they are all graduates of Cayman’s criminal justice system and University Northward, with a bit of outside help by now, I highly suspect.

    The key issue in achieving your goals in having Cayman’s laws in relation to legal possession of firearms for self-defense and the changes in the British-based offensive weapons laws lies in the political realm; if you do not have strong political support for your cause, it will not succeed.

    Credit has to be given to the opposition PPM politicians, who have recently used Cayman’s existing laws to ‘pry open the door’ on this issue, so to speak.

    Taking away the total power of the Commissioner of Police in the awarding of firearms licensing is an issue that should have been addressed years ago.

    I will be the first to warn that these changes to the laws in Cayman must be handled responsibly and with caution…I’ve been involved in security training for a number of years and understand that having a firearm is no guarantee of anything without adequate intelligence and training in an overall sense and not just responding to a lethal threat.

    If the right opportunity appears, I would still very much be interested in returning to Cayman and continuing the work started 3 years ago when all this should have been looked at then and early decisions made…

    Maybe, had this been done, Cayman would be a safer place than it is today.

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