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May 26, 2016

A Single Firearm is Used in Ladyville Murders/Shootings

Since March of this year, Ladyville has been experiencing an upward trend in violent crimes. It started with the murder of Rene “Fat Cat” Chavarria and since then, three other persons have been killed while a number of shootings have occurred. Police have reason to believe that it is the work of a group or criminals because ballistic testing results show that one common firearm has been used in the commission of three murders. In fact, police revealed today that it may have in its hands the suspected firearm, which is among two firearms discovered following the killing of Lionel Rhamdas. A second firearm was recovered days later by Ladyville Police.

 

ACP Edward Broaster, Regional Commander, Rural Eastern Division

“Well you are right in saying that the violence in Ladyville is connected in one circle. As a matter of fact, the results we got back from the firearms examiner reveals that the shells we found at the scene of Merkel Pitts, at the scene of Lloyd Banks and at the scene of the Lozanos all came from the same firearm. I believe that we may just have that firearm in our possession; either one of the two firearms that we have recovered after that last shooting with Lionel Rhamdas.”

 

Reporter

“In terms of connecting persons to that particular firearm, how is that going?”

 

Edward Broaster

ACP Edward Broaster

“That is the difficult task for investigators because we have to identify those persons who were the shooters in those murders, in those instances. So while if we are lucky we have the firearm, we still have to try and identify who is it that pulled the trigger and that is going to be somewhat real tedious for us.”

 

Reporter

“Do you feel that you all have been able to find a way to get that certain violence within that circle contained?”

 

ACP Edward Broaster

“Well so far yes. I mentioned that we have had covert and overt operations in the area. The other day, we snagged the individuals we believe may have wanted to go and do something in the area. We didn’t find no gun even though we followed the path they took when they fled from the police. We even brought in the K9 dogs to search the area and we didn’t find any firearm to substantiate the suspicion that we believe that they were up to no good. But nevertheless that is an indication that we are in the area and we are keeping our eyes and ears peeled.”

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