Thursday 2 July, 2020

Suspected bandit critical following confrontation with police

A suspected bandit is in critical condition following a confrontation with police at a home in Barataria on Thursday morning.

A manhunt has been launched for six other men who are suspected to have been involved in the incident.

Police were told that around 4.30 am today a family of seven, including a grandmother and her three grandchildren, were at home when seven men stormed the premises.

Three men were reportedly armed with guns, while four others were armed with knives.

They attacked the family members, injuring one woman, and relieved the scared relatives of an estimated $5,000 in cash and valuables.

During the ordeal, the firearm of one of the gunmen went off, drawing the attention of police who were conducting patrols in the area at the time.

Officers led by Inspector Russel Maraj, Inspector John, and Cpl Baksh, responded.

They stormed the home to rescue the victims and were reportedly confronted by one of the gunmen.

The officers, fearful for their lives, drew their licensed firearms and shot at the armed assailant.

He was hit several times about the body while the other suspects fled the scene.

The officers took the injured man to the Port of Spain General Hospital where up to 10 am today he was in a critical condition, being treated for multiple gunshots to his torso.

A loaded .38mm revolver was recovered from the scene.

Investigations are continuing.

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