Tuesday 15 October, 2019

Two killed by police during Couva burglary

Two men were killed on Ash Wednesday morning while attempting to rob a jewellery store in Couva.

The men, police said, were “caught red-handed” as they even had in their possession a knapsack that was stuffed with the stolen loot.

However, instead of surrendering, the assailants allegedly opened fire on the lawmen, which resulted in return fire from the officers. 

In the aftermath, the two would-be bandits were fatally shot.

According to police reports, at about 5.25am today, officers of the Central Division Task Force and the Couva Police Station, responded to a

wireless transmission of a robbery in progress at Parriag/Tiana’s Jewellers along the Southern Main Road, Couva.

The jewellery store, police said, was on the same compound which houses Linda’s Bakery.

When the officers arrived, they did a preliminary check of the building and observed that the glass door on the north side of the building had been

broken.

The lawmen entered and saw that the store had been ransacked.

The officers continued checking the premises and they observed two men hiding in the bathroom of the store.

The officers confronted the men and ordered them to surrender.

However, one of the men, LoopTT was told, allegedly pulled out a firearm and began shooting at the police. The lawmen, afraid for their lives, pulled out their licensed firearms and shot back at the attacker.

When the exchanged ceased, the two ‘bandits’ had been shot multiple times. No officers sustained injuries.

The lawmen seized a loaded .38mm pistol from the scene, as well as a bag containing gold and diamond jewellery. 

The injured men were rushed to the Couva District Hospital, however, they eventually succumbed to their injuries.

The identifies of the deceased were not known up to 9:00 am Wednesday however police said both men were of African descent, medium build and appeared to be in their early 20s. 

Based on this description, police believe that these men may have been connected to another jewellery store heist in the Central Division in February.

More on this as it becomes available. 

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