Tuesday 22 September, 2020

Autopsy ordered after mentally ill man shot and killed

A 38-year-old man, who police were told was mentally challenged, was fatally shot in Matura.

The deceased has been identified as Jake Halls, 38, of Mendoza Street, Matura.

According to police reports, at about 7.30 am on Saturday, Eastern Division police received a report that a man had been seen lying along the Toco Main Road in the vicinity of Sandals Trace, bleeding from gunshot injuries.

A team of officers, led by W-Cpl Peters and PC David made their way to the location and found Halls bleeding from a gunshot wound to his head.

The wounded man was rushed to the Sangre Grande District Hospital where he was treated. However, about 12 hours later, Hall succumbed to his injuries.

He was pronounced dead by Dr Hosein.

At the scene where Halls was found, police found and seized one spent .45mm round of ammunition.

An autopsy was ordered to confirm the cause of death, as several circumstances, including the missing firearm, have led investigators to suspect that incident might be a homicide.

However, the discovery of only one spent shell, along with other factors, has led investigators not to make any formal declarations until the post mortem is completed.

Sgt Scipio is continuing enquires.

More on this as it becomes available.

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