Armed police officers storm Newlands house

Police Commissioner Derek Byrne says armed police officers will be part of a heighten RCIPS presence in West Bay following a shooting and serious assault between Wednesday night and Thursday morning. File photo

Officers from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service’s armed Uniform Support Group, dressed in tactical gear and carrying semiautomatic rifles, stormed a house in Newlands on Wednesday afternoon in an apparent attempt to capture a wanted man.

Armed police spent a number of hours outside the house on Milton Drive, urging the man they believed to be inside to come out with his hands up.

Police eventually forced their way into the property, which is under construction and surrounded by a chain-link fence topped by barbed wire.

No arrest was made.

The police helicopter hovered over the area for much of the early afternoon prior to the police storming the house.

Much of Milton Drive was closed off during the operation.

An officer using a megaphone told the man believed to be inside in the house, “We know you’re in there. We’re here to help. Come out with your hands behind your head.”

Police had not responded to requests for information regarding the operation by press time Wednesday.

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