“We are ready and we will respond and we will respond appropriately.”
Tough words from Acting Police Commissioner Anthony Ennis as he put gang members on notice that his men are poised for any reprisals following Justin Manderson’s murder on Saturday (1 October.)
“We know that there are obviously gang tensions and there might be reprisals so is this something yes we have to take into consideration and we are addressing this from operational and tactical perspectives,” Mr Ennis said.
Mr Manderson, 24, a father of one, was gunned down near Seven Mile Shops, West Bay Road, after leaving a nearby nightclub.
However the acting top cop remained cautious on linking the killing openly to a resurgence of gang warfare.
“It’s probably reasonable to say the working assumption, a working theory is that there may be some gang undertones,” Mr Ennis said.
Given Cayman’s recent history with gang warfare, Mr Ennis says, systems are in place to treat with any such incidents.
“It is something we are on top of it, we will stay on top of it. There is no way we are going to let these guys, these gangs just put the community at risk,” he added.
A male suspect is being sought in Mr Manderson’s murder.
He remains at large.
The RCIPS also made an appeal for witnesses to Mr Manderson’s murder to come forward and assist with the investigation.