Saturday 15 December, 2018

Woman in 'Muslim wear' held by cops after car chase, shootout

Police said a woman in 'Muslim wear' was detained after a wild car chase in which suspects allegedly opened fire on them. 

In a statement issued December 5, 2018, police said the incident occurred around 10:45 pm on Tuesday night in Palmyra. 

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) said officers attached to the Southern Division Emergency Response Patrol received information from Command Centre to intercept a grey Ford Ranger which was being pursued by officers along the Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway (SSH).

The vehicle was being chased after being involved in a robbery in the Penal area just moments before. 

Officers who were tactically positioned saw the vehicle being chased by another marked police vehicle and tried to intercept it. 

Police said the suspects, while approaching officers, shot at them, and officers returned fire in accordance with the Use of Force Policy.

The vehicle then veered off the highway and drove into a bushy area where it came to a stop. 

The officers said they then approached the van and discovered the female driver who was dressed in Muslim wear. 

Officers said they also found a Smith and Wesson revolver loaded with five rounds of .38mm ammunition.

The 24-year-old Avocat woman and the van were taken to the Penal Police Station pending further enquiries. 

PC Khaleel of the Penal Criminal Investigation Department is leading enquiries into the matter. 

More as this story is updated. 

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