Saturday 24 October, 2020

‘Bandit’ slain by pensioner identified

The alleged bandit who was shot dead in Tableland on Tuesday has been identified as 52-year-old Shawn Nichols. 

Nichols, police said, had two addresses-at Phase Two, Bon Air Gardens, Arouca, and Watts Trace, Curepe. He was also known to the police, as he had 15 pending matters before the courts. 

These matters included firearm possession, ammunition possession, larceny, robbery, and assault. He also had two convictions against his name, one for marijuana possession and one for larceny of a motor vehicle. 

Nichols was shot dead by an 84-year-old homeowner in Tableland. 

According to reports, the 84-year-old man, who is a retired game warden and the holder of a licensed firearm, was awoken by his son, who informed him that there were intruders in the garage of the family's home. 

The 84-year-old man secured his firearm and went downstairs. 

They observed two strange men, whose faces were covered by hoodies, in the garage. The engine of a truck was on and the vehicle was idling. 

The elderly man said he ordered the two to exit the property, however, one of the suspects raised a firearm and pointed it at the two men. 

The 84-year-old man, fearful for his life, shot at the armed man. 

The other suspect fled the scene. 

The police were notified and officers from the Tableland Police Station responded. 

They found the deceased on the ground of the garage. 

Next to him was a loaded firearm and tools which police believe would have been used to break into the home. 

No one else was injured in the incident. 

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