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Coast Guardsman shot in chest outside Scarborough bar

By Elizabeth Williams

 Special Naval Unit Able Seaman Philroy Douglas, attached to the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard at Stauble’s Bay, was at Scarborough General Hospital in a stable condition after being shot in the chest early yesterday morning outside a bar in Scarborough.

The police recovered a .22 calibre shell at the scene.

Douglas, of Black Rock, Tobago, slumped to the ground shortly after 3 a.m. outside Barcode Sports Bar and Grill, where he had been with members of the Regiment.

His colleagues rushed the wounded sailor to Scarborough General for treatment.

One eyewitness told the Express the shooting occurred following a fight between some members of the Coast Guard and Regiment soldiers, which started inside Barcode and ended outside in a brawl.

Civilians were also hurt in the melee and two were treated and discharged at hospital.

Coast Guard public relations officer Lieutenant Kirk Jean Baptiste said police, Coast Guard, and Regiment officials are reviewing camera footage provided to them.

Baptiste said Douglas is recovering following successful surgery.

Scarborough police are continuing investigations into the matter.

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