Investigations underway into Carenage shooting involving police
The Commissioner of Police has assured that a police-involved shooting which took place in the Carenage district on Friday night will be thoroughly and fairly investigated.
A release from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) says investigations are currently ongoing into the incident.
The TTPS says that preliminary investigations suggest that while officers were carrying out an arrest, they were shot at, with one of the police officers being shot in the chest area of his bulletproof vest.
The police returned fire.
Three people died in the shootout, including a teenaged girl. The deceased are Naomi Nelson, 14, Kareem “Baldwin” Roberts, 27, and Keron “Frosty” Eve, 30.
Officers say they recovered two firearms at the scene.
The TTPS pointed out that a few months ago in the Laventille district, officers were confronted by gunfire by suspects resulting in one of the officers being shot in the chest. It says had it not been for his bullet proof vest, the officer would have been killed.
The release says, “This is the danger police officers face daily, in carrying out their duties. Police officers will continue to be trained in the Minimum Use of Force policy; they are also trained to return fire, if fired upon.”
The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) expressed condolences for the lives lost following the incident.
It says counselling will be provided for victims and families of persons involved, as well as police officers, through the Victim and Witness Support Unit and the Employee Assistance Programme of the TTPS.