Friday 16 November, 2018

Former national cyclist shoots bandit on Beetham Highway

A 56-year-old former national cyclist was reportedly involved in a shooting incident last night.

According to initial reports, around 8 pm on Monday, Gene Samuel, a former national cyclist got a flat tyre as he was driving along the westbound lane of the Beetham Highway.

He pulled over his vehicle over in well-lit area in the vicinity of Clear Waters.

But while attempting to change the tyre, Samuel was approached by two men, one of whom was armed with a firearm. 

They relieved the cyclist of several bits of jewelry that he had in his possession, as well as a quantity of cash.

The two men then attempted to cross the highway to escape into Beetham Gardens.

The cyclist told police that as the men were escaping, the armed assailant pointed his weapon in his direction.

Samuel reportedly drew his licensed firearm and shot at the suspects. 

The police were notified but by the time of their arrival, the suspects had escaped.

Later in the night, officers were informed that one man was warded at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital in a serious condition for gunshot injuries.

The man was said to have been shot in the right hand, right foot, buttocks, and scrotum. 

When questioned by officers he was unable to properly account for his injuries and is currently under police guard.

PC Percelle of the Besson Street CID is continuing investigations.