A police manhunt continued last evening for three car thieves who shot a police officer in the chest, during a chase on Saturday night.
The officer was spared possible fatal injury as he was wearing a bullet proof vest. He was taken to San Fernando General Hospital for treatment and discharged.
He was among a team of officers involved in a high-speed chase in the Princes Town district.
Police said officers were responding to reports of armed motor vehicle robberies when the incident occurred around 9 p.m.
A Penal man was held up at gunpoint and robbed of his white Nissan B-12, while another man was robbed of his Nissan B-13 a short distance away.
An all points bulletin was issued and one of the stolen vehicles was spotted in Barrackpore.
Officers from the Southwestern Division, Southern Division, Central Division Task Force, along with Air Support and K-9 units, responded.
Police said officers attempted to intercept the vehicle, but the men began shooting.
A chase followed and the men crashed the car at Borde Narve Village, on the outskirts of Princes Town.
The three suspects exited the vehicle and ran into a canefield.
Police said the men fired several shots at the officers, hitting one in the chest. The officer collapsed and the men escaped.
A land and air search continued throughout the night.
Police said several houses were searched, but the men were not found.
The second car was found crashed in Barrackpore.