Monday 12 November, 2018

Princes Town man hospitalised after police shooting

A 31-year-old man is nursing gunshot injuries following a shooting incident involving police in Princes Town on Sunday morning.

Part of the incident was recorded by citizens and uploaded to social media.

Many have criticised the actions of police as, based solely on the footage which was uploaded, it appeared as though the officers shot an unarmed man, without any visible threats against them.

However, senior police have told LoopTT that the uploaded footage did not reveal the whole story.

According to police reports, around 4:20 pm on Sunday, officers responded to a report of domestic dispute at a home along Ayers Street, off Lothians Road, Princes Town.

It was said that when officers arrived, the 31-year-old allegedly became violent.

Repeated attempts were made to restrain the suspect, who despite multiple warnings to comply, continued to attack responding personnel, which included members from the TT Defence Force.

It was during one of these confrontations that the suspect was shot.

He is said to have sustained injuries to his foot.

The wounded man was rushed for medical treatment; his injuries were not life-threatening.

The suspect is expected to be discharged, following which he will be questioned.

He is expected to be charged and brought before the courts this week.

More on this as it becomes available.



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