Sunday 21 July, 2019

Officer injured in alleged shootout with suspect in Sangre Grande

Bullet holes in the front door of the suspect's home. Officers claim he shot at them as they surrounded his home - a claim the suspect denies.

Bullet holes in the front door of the suspect's home. Officers claim he shot at them as they surrounded his home - a claim the suspect denies.

Questions are being raised on how PC St Clair, who is attached to the Eastern Division Task Force, sustained gunshot injuries to his right hand during a police exercise on Thursday morning.

LoopTT was told that St Clair received injuries which have damaged three of the fingers of his hand.

He was shot during a police exercise where task force officers had cause to breach a home along Road Six, North Eastern Settlement, Sangre Grande, around 5 am on Thursday.

The home, police said, belonged to a Special Reserve Police Officer.

A group of officers surrounded the home, however, it was alleged that gunshots were heard.

The officers, as a result, opened fire at the home.

It was during this moment that St Clair was injured.

The suspect, police said, managed to escape without any injuries.

And while the suspect later surrendered himself to the Arima Police, he has reportedly denied shooting at the officers who surrounded his home.

An estimated 60 rounds of spent shells were recovered by crime scene investigators who visited the scene.

A video which depicts the state of the house after the police exercise shows extensive damage done to the suspect’s house. Instead, it has been suggested that the officer may have been injured as a result of cross fire from his colleagues.

 

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