Cops nab man with machine gun in ‘gang’ shoot-out

By Gyasi Gonzales

 POLICE intervened during a shoot-out in Laventille yesterday afternoon, injuring one of the gunmen who was wielding an M-16 machine gun which he was about to fire at officers.

The incident happened at 1.45 p.m. in Trou Ma­caque, Laventille, near the Morris Marshall Com­mu­nity Centre.

A team of Inter-Agency Task Force officers who were on patrol told the

Sunday Express that around the same time, they heard several gun­shots which

they believed came from a high-pow­ered rifle.

As officers approached the scene on foot, they saw a man who appeared to be in his early 20s peering from behind a wall at the com­munity centre, aiming a large gun at the hills above him.

When the gunman saw the heavily armed officers, he turned the M-16 away from the hills on the police and soldiers. 

The police and soldiers were armed with 9mm sub-machine guns and Israeli-made Galils.

As the man was about to squeeze the trigger, the officers fired at him, hitting him about the body.

The officers then ran towards him, kicked away the M-16 rifle and grabbed him. 

He was then placed in a police SUV where he was taken to the Port of Spain General Hospital.

Investigators later re­turned to the area where up to 4.30 p.m., they were seen collecting pieces of evidence from the scene.

Police said earlier yesterday, the gunman was seen walking through the Trou Macaque area bran­dishing the rifle.

Police also explained the shoot-out was be­tween two gangs, one from a Ras­ta­­farian faction while the opposing faction are said to be a Muslim gang.

There were no other arrests.

The suspect remained in stable condition at the hospital under police guard last night.

Besson Street CID offi­cers are contin­uing inves­ti­gations. 

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