SHOT IN THE BACK: Naim Dean

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Couple robbed by man killed later by cops

By Gyasi Gonzales gyasi.gonzales@trinidadexpress.com

NAIM DEAN, the man shot dead by police on Friday night near his Glencoe home, had earlier in the day robbed a woman and her soldier boyfriend of their Nissan Navara vehicle, St James CID officers said yesterday.
The robbery victims had initially reported that their vehicle was stolen at gunpoint while they were parked at Point Cumana at 6 p.m. Friday.
The woman said she went to the St James CID when she recognised Dean as the man who robbed her after she saw his photo in the Sunday Express.
On Friday night around 7.30 p.m. Dean, 21, and a group of men were stopped by officers of the Rapid Response Unit as they attempted to exit the La Horquette Valley Road in Glencoe.
Dean was reportedly ordered out of the SUV and while being searched by a special reserve police officer, he reportedly brushed aside the officer’s hand and ran off.
Police said they ran after him and caught him but during a scuffle with the officers Dean allegedly stabbed one of them following which the officer opened fire on the boy.
Dean’s relatives have said that he was gunned down “in cold blood”.
He died on arrival at the St James District Hospital.
An autopsy done at the Forensic Science Centre on Monday concluded that Dean sustained a gunshot to the back.
On Monday, president of the Police Social and Welfare Association, Insp Anand Ramesar called for the shutdown of the Rapid Response Unit which is staffed mainly by special reserve police officers as they lack proper training.
A preliminary report on his death has been submitted to acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams, acting Superintendent Joanne Archie said yesterday.
Police said the couple who said Dean robbed them of their vehicle saw Dean’s photo in the Sunday Express and went to the Carenage Police Station where they informed detectives that the man had earlier robbed them.
Dean’s funeral will take place at 10 a.m. today at a St Peter’s RC Church in Carenage.
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