Monday 24 February, 2020

Three questioned in connection with Maloney shooting, injured officer

Three persons are being questioned following an altercation in Maloney on Saturday night in which a police officer was shot.

Among the three is a woman Special Reserve Police (SRP) officer.

Police said the three denied any wrongdoing in the incident, including the injury of the police constable who responded.

According to reports, around 10.20 pm, officers from the Maloney Crime Patrol Unit responded to a report that a man had been seen brandishing a firearm in the vicinity of Building 19.

When officers arrived at the scene, they observed a man known to them with what appeared to be a firearm tucked in the waistline of his pants.

The officers attempted to intercept the suspect, however, he ran. By the time the officers caught up to the suspect, a crowd had gathered and the firearm was no longer seen.

However, as the officers attempted to arrest the suspect, persons in the area protested the detention. As the crowd grew larger, people began throwing stones and bottles at the arresting officers, to prevent the detention.

During this incident, one of the officer’s firearm went off, injuring one of his colleagues. The injured officer, and others, left the scene and went to the Arima District Hospital where they were treated.

More on this as it becomes available.

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