Two dead in shooting involving SORT officers in Santa Cruz
Two people are dead following a shooting in Santa Cruz on Friday night.
Information is still coming in, but what has been confirmed is that the incident involved officers of the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) which was established by Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith.
From initial reports, three people, including at least one woman, reportedly suffered gunshot injuries. A fourth individual was also injured in this incident, but the injuries were believed to have been sustained while they were trying to take cover from the gunfire.
Two of the victims succumbed to their injuries at the Port of Spain General Hospital while the third victim remains warded.
Their identities had not been released up to 9 am today.
According to a release from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) says that officers of the SORT were conducting an exercise in the Santa Cruz Police district around 9:25 pm when they had reason to stop a vehicle with two occupants along La Canoa, Lower Santa Cruz.
The statement said when the SORT officers alighted from their vehicle to conduct a routine search, they were fired upon by the occupants of the vehicle, injuring one of the officers in the leg. Police returned fire wounding the two occupants.
Officers say they recovered a loaded firearm and ammunition in the vehicle of occupants.
However, residents of the area claimed that this was not the case, noting that even if the officers had been shot at, the vehicle they targeted was not the one which would have opened fire on the lawmen.
In one video which was posted on social media yesterday, it was alleged that one of the shooting victims was simply taking his pregnant girlfriend for a drive to get chicken wings when they were shot at by the officers.
More on this as it becomes available.