Police involved in shootout in Wallerfield
Police came under fire by unknown assailants on Monday afternoon while conducting routine patrols in Wallerfield.
According to police reports, around 6.45 pm Monday, a team of officers received information which led them to an area at Block #3 Wallerfield.
Whilst proceeding south along a gravel road, the officers observed a group of nine men standing near a shed on the eastern side of the roadway.
Three men were tending to an excavator which was parked on the eastern side of the road. Also nearby were another two excavators, and two Ford Ranger vans.
There was also a dark coloured Suzuki Jimny which had crashed into a drain near the roadway.
The officers attempted to stop to render assistance, but one of the men, on seeing the police vehicle, allegedly pulled out a firearm and shot at the officers.
The other eight persons then began to run in different directions.
A second man, police said, pulled out a weapon and also began to shoot at the police car.
The officers took cover and drew their licensed weapons and returned fire.
However, both assailants managed to escape by fleeing into nearby bushes.
The area was cordoned off and a comprehensive search was carried out with the assistance of the Arima Crime Patrol, Arima CID and Northern Division Task Force (area east), however the persons were not located.
Thankfully, none of the officers were injured in this incident.
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