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Cop in custody for San Juan shooting

By Rickie Ramdass rickie.ramdass@trinidadexpress.com

A POLICE officer was arrested on Friday night in connection with the shooting of a 32-year-old Diego Martin man in San Juan.

The officer was in custody at the Barataria Police Station up to late yesterday evening, assisting detectives with their investigations into the incident which took place moments before his arrest.

Police reports stated that around 9.30 p.m., officers of the North-Eastern Division Task Force (NEDTF), led by ASP Mahabir and including Insp Roger Alexander, along with Cpls Sunil Bharath, Kevin Franktom and PC Andel Celestine, among others, responded to a wireless transmission of a shooting in Bagatelle Road, San Juan.

Upon arriving at the scene, the officers found Garvin Felix, of La Puerta Avenue, Diego Martin, lying along the roadway with bullet wounds to his chest and belly.

The officers took the injured man to the Port of Spain General Hospital where he was in a serious condition up to last night.

Officers said minutes after the incident, they were able to gather key information on the identity of the shooter. This information, they said, led them to the Maraval Police Station where they arrested the police constable.

Detectives said the officer was attached to another police station in the Western Division but believed he may have gone to the Maraval station as an alibi that he was at that station at the time of the shooting.

His police-issued service revolver was also seized and will be sent for ballistic testing, said police.

He was one of two officers who were arrested on the same day by officers of the NEDTF.

Around 11 a.m. on Friday, the officers executed a warrant at a house belonging to a WPC in Chaguanas.

While searching the house, police said they found 1.5 kilogrammes of compressed marijuana. The officer was arrested and has since been charged by PC Lorenzo Lezama.

She is to appear before a Cha-guanas magistrate tomorrow.

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