HAYDEN Manwaring, the police sergeant shot with his own gun during a fight with a robbery suspect in San Fernando yesterday, has died.
Manwaring, 43, who was shot in abdomen after his gun was wrestled away, died at around 10.30 p.m yesterday at the San Fernando General Hospital.
Chief executive officer of the South West Regional Health
Authority Anil Gosine said that Manwaring underwent surgery, and that emergency room medics did all they could to save him.
Gosine said that Manwarning underwent a three hour operation performed by two surgeons, but that the gunshot injury was close to the kidney and there was a large amount of blood loss.
Gosine said Manwaring was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit where he died.
Constable Nicholas Phillip, who was shot in the arm during the encounter with the criminal suspects, is being treated at hospital.
Manwaring, 43, is the seventh police officer to be killed in the line
of duty since 2002, according to statistics from the Crime and Police Analysis Branch of the Police Service.
The last police officer to die on the job was Constable Anil Persad, who was shot in the stomach during a police raid on a marijuana field in the Cuche/Charuma forest in May 2011. However, his death has not been categorised since it is unclear whether he was shot by criminal suspects or the victim of friendly fire.
Manwaring, who spent most of his career in the Southern Division, was the investigating officer in several big cases including the matter of Jason Edwards, who was arrested during the 2011 State of Emergency and charged under the Anti-Gang legislation, the only one
still being prosecuted.
On Tuesday afternoon, Manwaring and other officers responded to a report that Mom's Diner at Cipero Street, San Fernando, had been robbed.
The officers spotted the get away vehicle, a Nissan AD wagon, at Padmore Street, located off the Gulf View Link Road. It was during the apprehension of one of the suspects that Manwaring's gun was taken away and he and Phillip were shot.
Other responding officers took their wounded colleagues to hospital, and began a search for the suspects.
Police officers called in the Coast Guard , a police helicopter, and soldiers to secure the coast between Embacadere and King's Wharf.
Within an hour, during raids of several apartments at Embacadere,
four suspects were in held. Two of the suspects are from Princes Town. A third suspect, of Tableland, was shot in the chest,
and at hospital last night.
Manwaring, born and raised at George Village, Tableland, lived with
his wife and son, a Presentation College - San Fernando pupil, at
He attended the St Stephen's College, Princes Town, where
classmates remembered him as an excelling in academics and sports.
Minister Of National Diversity and Social Integration Clifton De Coteau,
who was college principal at the time, posted on Facebook "He was indeed an exemplary and dedicated student Qualities he took to his job as a police officer. May his soul rest in Peace and find comfort in paradise".
- reporting by Susan Mohammed, Sue-Ann Wayow