Thursday 20 February, 2020

Taxi driver allegedly shot by police officer

A 36-year-old taxi-driver is said to be fighting for his life at the San Fernando General Hospital, following a shooting incident Wednesday night.

The wounded man has been identified as Barry Seepersad.

He was said to have been shot following an altercation with a police officer in San Fernando.

According to police reports, around 5.20pm, Seeperad had parked his Nissan B12 along Coffee Street, San Fernando near the Ste Madeline Taxi Stand, and went away.

The report states that two officers, one of which was a woman police constable, saw the vehicle and they allegedly made checks for the owner of the vehicle.

However, when they could not find the owner, a wrecker was utilised to remove the car.

At this time, Seepersad arrived on location and confronted the officers, demanding that they put down the vehicle. However, there was said to be a confrontation between Seepersad and the officers at this point.

The police report notes that the 36-year-old was acting in an aggressive manner, and had forced his way into his vehicle and drove off, ignoring police commands to stop.

Sometime during this incident, the vehicle came into contact with the female police officer, who is attached to the San Fernando Traffic Branch, and she sustained minor injuries to one of her arms.

The officer, however, drew her licensed firearm and shot at Seeperad, hitting him once in the abdomen.

The wounded man, and the officer, were both rushed to the hospital where they were treated.

A spent shell was said to have been recovered at the scene of the incident.

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