TWO suspected car thieves who attacked a Couva woman and her family at her front gate and stole her vehicle on Thursday night were shot dead hours later.
One of the deceased was identified as Beresford Asoon, who police said was a known car thief of Sangre Grande. The second man was not identified up to late yesterday.
According to police, the victim and her family were in their Ford Ranger returning to their Couva home after shopping in Valsayn when she noticed a car following them.
She told police that around 9.40 p.m. she pulled up at her gate in Roystonia when two men emerged from a Toyota Corolla and confronted her at gunpoint.
She said the men ordered the family out of the van, valued at $230,000, and left with it.
Police were contacted and a party of police officers of the Central Police Tactical Unit, sniffer dogs from the Canine Branch and aerial support led by Senior Supt Johnny Abraham responded and set up several road blocks in Couva and Freeport.
Police said the bandits crashed the vehicle in Roystonia, and returned to the Toyota Corolla which had been following.
That vehicle was spotted heading south near St Mary’s Junction, Freeport, and officers pursued along the Southern Main Road.
Police said there was an exchange of gunfire, and the thieves abandoned the vehicle and ran into the bushes.
Officers pursued the suspects into the bushes, and during an exchange of gunfire two of the suspects were wounded. The third man escaped.
Police said they were taken for medical treatment but they died.
Police recovered a 1.38 revolver loaded with three live rounds from one of the suspects.
Autopsies are expected to be performed on the bodies today at the Forensic Sciences Centre, St James.
This latest two bring the total to 34 people shot dead by police in Trinidad and Tobago this year.
Of these fatal police shootings, 14 have been in the Central Police Division.
Following the latest incident, Senior Supt of the Central Police Division, Johnny Abraham, issued a warning to criminals to “stay away from the Central Division or face the consequences”.