Tuesday 18 June, 2019

Police maintain heavy presence in Carenage after shootout

Police are maintaining a heavy police presence in Carenage following Friday’s confrontation with residents.

This confrontation led to the death of three people, including a 14-year-old girl.

Residents blame the three deaths on the officers, who they say opened fire indiscriminately.

Senior officers of the Western Division, led by Senior Superintendent Pragg, are investigating the incident. 

On more than one occasion on Saturday, officers had to intervene as residents of the area attempted to block roadways.

Western Division Police, with support from the TT Regiment and officers from the Guard and Emergency Branch, have maintained a presence in the area since Friday night, and this presence continues today.

The deceased from Friday’s incident are Naomi Nelson, 14, Kareem “Baldwin” Roberts, 27, and Keron “Frosty” Eve, 30.

The three were fatally shot around 7 p.m. in the Big Yard area in Carenage.

LoopTT was told that two officers were on patrol in an un-marked vehicle, when they had cause to stop and question a group of men who were seated on the eastern side of the roadway.

Reports state that the two officers, who were dressed in civilian clothing, exited the car, identified themselves as police officers, and attempted to question the men on what they were smoking.

However, one of the men allegedly pulled out a firearm and shot at the officers.

One officer, identified as PC Peltier was shot to the upper right chest.

Thankfully at the time, he was wearing a bullet proof vest underneath his clothing. 

The officers took cover, and returned fire.

There was said to be an exchange for an extended period of time.

In the aftermath, three fatalities were reported, and at least three others were injured.

The injured parties, including PC Peltier, were all rushed for medical treatment.

According to reports, the officers on that scene discharged a total of 21 rounds of 9mm ammunition.

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