Saturday 17 August, 2019

Man shot dead, saves woman's life in Oropune Gardens

A 33-year-old man was shot dead in Oropune Gardens Thursday night.

The deceased has been identified as Francis Stafford.

It was said that sometime before midnight Stafford was in the company of his neighbours in Oropune Gardens, Piarco, when two armed men rushed the group.

Police were told that Stafford covered the woman who was in the group as the gunmen opened fire.

He was hit several times about the body, and the woman received only “flesh-wound injuries”.

The assailants then fled the scene.

The police and emergency health services were notified, however, the 33-year-old man succumbed to his injuries.

From the initial information provided, it has been suggested that Stafford may have saved the young woman’s life when he grabbed her and used himself as a human shield.

The motive of the shooting however, is still to be properly established.

An autopsy is expected to take place today at the Forensic Science Center in St James.

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