Slain police officer gave his life in service to country
PC Richard Babwah was so dedicated to serving his country that he died while trying to protect it.
Acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams expressed sadness at the murder of No. 8284 PC Richard Babwah, who was shot and killed during a robbery in Arouca on Monday night.
According to a statement by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, the 40-year-old officer had just gone off-duty and was at a Chinese restaurant in the area around 5:20 pm on Monday evening.
At that time, two men entered the restaurant and announced a robbery.
Babwah then drew his service pistol in an attempt to stop the robbers, resulting in an exchange of gunfire.
Babwah managed to hit one of the attackers, who was struck in the lower abdomen.
However, Babwah also received several gunshot injuries which proved fatal. He died at the scene.
The men escaped in a red Nissan Almera but the quick work of police officers resulted in both men being detained later that night.
The wounded suspect, a 33-year-old Maloney man was held after trying to seek medical attention at the Arima District Health Facility, while the second suspect, a 31-year-old man, was held at Everglade Avenue, Maloney, around 7:20 pm in the same vehicle.
Babwah, of Lopinot Road, Arouca, was the father of two daughters and had been a member of the police service for four years. He was attached to the Homicide Bureau of Investigations, Region 2, Arouca.
ASP (Ag.) Windel Flaviney described Babwah as someone who was committed and dedicated, with a desire to serve others.
He said PC Babwah was also well liked and had a good rapport with his colleagues in the Homicide Bureau of Investigations.
Williams, along with the rest of the TTPS, offers their condolences to the Babwah's relatives and friends.