Friday, March 28, 2014
Two suspected car thieves were killed and a police officer wounded during a shoot-out and car chase from south to central Trinidad on Wednesday night.
According to a police report, around 10.30 pm a taxi-driver picked up two men along the Southern Main Road, Couva and upon reaching Beaumont Hill, one of the passengers asked to be let out. When the driver stopped, one passenger pulled a gun and hijacked the taxi-driver as a second passenger announced a hold up. The taxi-driver was robbed of US$1,060, two cell phones valued $9,700, and the keys to his vehicle. Two passengers were also robbed, and the victims were all thrown out of the vehicle and went to report the robbery. On report, an all-points-bulletin was issued and road blocks were set up in the vicinity of the Claxton Bay landfill, where the vehicle was spotted.
On attempted to intercept the vehicle, the suspects opened fire. The officers returned fire and a chase ensued. In attempt to intercept the vehicle PC Ramsey was shot in his right forearm.
Upon reaching Xavier Street off the Endeavour Link Road, police said the suspects crashed into a wall, and the two men were discovered in the vehicle, bleeding from gunshot wounds. They were taken to the Chaguanas Health Facility where they were pronounced dead on arrival.
Police recovered a Jennings pistol and one magazine with four live rounds of ammunition and all the stolen loot in the vehicle.