Sunday 12 July, 2020

Suspect in supermarket robbery held at hospital

Police believe that they have held the second of four men who robbed a supermarket in Santa Cruz on Thursday.

The suspect is a 39-year-old man from Santa Cruz.

He was held at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex after he admitted himself for treatment to a gunshot wound to his abdomen.

Doctors at the hospital, after treating him, followed protocol and notified the police that an individual had been admitted for an injury.

Officers of the North Eastern Division, under the supervision of Snr Sup Phillip, responded, and they arrested the suspect.

Another man, 23, was held on Thursday while attempting to escape from the robbery by two off-duty police officers.

According to police reports, two off-duty police officers were walking along the Cantaro Extension Road, Santa Cruz, just before midday on Thursday when they observed four men running out of the supermarket.

The men appeared to have firearms in their hands.

The officers, who are stationed in the Port of Spain Division, called on the suspects to surrender.

However, the assailants allegedly raised their firearms at the officers and shot at them.

The officers, fearful for their lives and the lives of those around them, returned fire, hitting two men.

One of the men fell to the ground, dropping his firearm near him, as he was shot to the stomach.

The other wounded man managed to flee the scene under the cover of gunfire, leaving behind a trail of blood.

The other two suspects followed him.

The injured man was rushed for medical treatment.

More on this as it becomes available.

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