Thursday 12 December, 2019

Update: 15-yr-old, 16-yr-old among five killed in Laventille

Updated October 26, 2018, 11:15 am:

A gun battle between police and suspected bandits around 10:00 pm on Wednesday has left two teenagers and three men dead.

Sources say police attached to the Inter-Agency Task Force received information and went to a house in Trou Macaque, Laventille.

However, the officers were shot at by men inside the home, with one receiving a bullet to the chest.

Luckily, it lodged in his bulletproof vest and he suffered bruise injuries. 

The officers returned fire and five men were killed.

The deceased persons have since been identified as Mechack Douglas, Shakille “Crash” Francois, Kadeem Phillip, Seandell St Clair, and Nicholas Barker.

From initial information, subject to further updates, Douglas is 24, Francois is 15, and Phillip is 16.

The ages of St Clair and Baker had not been given up to 10:00 am Friday.

The bodies of the five deceased are expected to be taken to the Forensic Science Center in St James for post-mortem examinations.

The five were killed in an alleged shoot-out with officers of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Thursday night in Trou Macaque Laventille, in the vicinity of Upper Wharton Street.

Police allegedly went in search of two men, Francois and Douglas, on inquiries into the murder of Darren "Cowman" King. The two were also wanted in relation to firearm-related offences including robbery.

However, it was alleged that when they went to the scene, they were greeted by gunfire.

The officers, fearful for their lives, returned fire with their licensed weapons.

In the aftermath, the five men died.

Police allegedly recovered two pistols and 20 rounds of ammunition at the scene of the shooting.

More on this as it becomes available.

 

Editor's note: This story was amended to include the names and ages of the five deceased. 

 

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