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Arouca soldier gunned down: SUV broken into

By —Akile Simon

POLICE are probing an incident in which a 44-year-old member of the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment was shot dead early on Thursday morning in Port of Spain.

The victim has been identified as Army Sgt Joseph Woodley, of Five Rivers, Arouca.

Woodley was shot multiple times about the body while at the corner of Siparia Hill and Basilon Street, East Dry River, Port of Spain.

Woodley, the father of eight-year-old Ayesha Woodley, was discovered lying face down on the roadway around 1 a.m. by police, who were responding to a report of a shooting in the area.

His Kia Sorento SUV was parked a short distance away and appeared to have been broken into. Police said someone attempted to start the vehicle by bridging the ignition wires but abandoned their efforts.

Woodley, police said, had the key to his vehicle clutched in his hand. He was found a short distance from the vehicle, and officers believe he collapsed and died while attempting to flee his attackers.

A motive for the incident has not yet been established by police, who believe Woodley went into the area to check on a friend when he was ambushed.

Public relations officer of the Regiment, Warrant Officer Joachim Hernandez said yesterday the army was deeply saddened by the untimely incident.

Hernandez said Woodley was a member of the army for the past 21 years and was last assigned to the Second Infantry Battalion at the Heliport in Chaguaramas.

The victim was pursuing a bachelor's degree in management at the School of Business and Computer Science.

Woodley enlisted in the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment in December 1990.

Funeral arrangements are yet to be finalised.

Woodley, police said, was shot twice in the hip and chest and died at the scene.

A team of officers from the Port of Spain Division and the Region II Homicide Bureau, led by ASP Basdeo Ramdhanie, Insps Charles and Griffith, including Cpls Harvey, Charles, WPC Bob-Lynch and PC Bellille, visited the scene.

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