Wednesday 28 October, 2020

Man killed by cops was ‘well known’ to them

Zethari Newark, the man who was killed on Friday morning during a confrontation with Couva, was 'known to police' for robbery related offences. 

In January, he had been released from jail after spending two years in prison after he was charged with atttempted robbery.

Newark, 25, was fatally shot at about 3:30am on Friday in Couva by officers of the Central Division. Police were conducting patrols in the area when they found out about a robbery. 

Upon arriving at Mary Street, Couva they observed four men near a silver Nissan motor vehicle. 

The men allegedly opened fire on the officers. 

The lawmen, in keeping with the use of force policy, returned fire on the suspects. 

Three men entered the vehicle which then sped away. 

Newark was found on the ground. 

A firearm, as well as a quantity of ammunition, were found near him. 

He was rushed to the Chaguanas District Hospital; however, he succumbed to his wounds. 

A search was conducted for the other three men, however, they have yet to be found. 

From initial reports, Newark was shot about five times. An autopsy is carded to take place on Monday at the Forensic Science Centre in St James. 

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