A 29-year-old “deranged” cutlass-wielding man demanding money was shot by a security guard yesterday at the Diego Martin branch of First Citizens bank.
According to police reports, just after noon, the man from Diamond Vale, Diego Martin went to the bank on Diego Martin Main Road with a cutlass and demanded money. He was told by security guards that he was not allowed into the bank with such a dangerous weapon.
He was confronted by a male security guard and a scuffle ensued. Shots were fired and the man was shot in the leg and chest. He was taken to Port of Spain General Hospital and is in a serious condition.
Cashing a cheque is usually a relatively routine, mundane transaction, and Keisha Burke went to the bank yesterday expecting nothing more exciting than a long wait in line. Instead, it turned out to be an experience she would never forget.
“I ran out of the bank without my documents. I’ll have to return (today) to retrieve them,” she told the Express in a telephone interview.
She said the man entered the bank and was warned by a female guard that he could not enter with the cutlass in hand. He ignored the warning and proceeded to another guard, who also told him about the unconcealed cutlass.
There was a scuffle between the two men and Burke said she heard one shot and saw a woman next to her run out of the bank leaving her small child.
Burke said she picked up the child and turned her back to the guard’s gun in an effort to protect the child. After the second shot the child’s mother returned and took him, thanking Burke.
Caught up in the moment, Burke said by the time everything calmed down she realised she was the last one in the bank and quickly left.
The bank was closed after police arrived to conduct enquiries. It is scheduled to reopen today.
Deputy chief executive of First Citizens Sharon Christopher said staff had been “traumatised” by the incident, but she was thankful no one, besides the perpetrator, had been injured.