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Morvant man dead after shootout with cops

By Alexander Bruzual

A 24-year-old man is dead following a shoot-out with police in Morvant on Sunday night.
According to police reports, a party of officers from the North Eastern Division Task Force, led by Sgt Cornelius Samuel, were on foot patrol in Mapplands, Morvant, when, around 10.45 p.m., they came across two men standing along the roadway.
Without warning, both men allegedly pulled out firearms and shot at the officers. The policemen returned fire on the duo.
After the exchange, one of the assailants was on the ground, bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds, while the other had fled. Some of the officers chased the escaping suspect, but they were unable to catch him.
The officers took the injured man to Port of Spain General Hospital, but he was pronounced dead on arrival.
The deceased has since been identified as Adrian Charles, 24, of Wallace Road, Chinapoo, Morvant.
The officers said Charles was arrested last week and kept in custody at Morvant Police Station, where he was questioned about his involvement in gang-related activities in the area.
He appeared in court on Monday and was granted bail by a Port of Spain magistrate on a charge of marijuana possession, police said.
A Ruger .45 pistol with 11 rounds of ammunition and an extended magazine, as well as a bulletproof vest, were recovered.
Police were searching for the second suspect up to press time, and returned to the scene of the incident yesterday morning with crime scene investigators.
Investigations are continuing and police say an arrest is imminent.
—additional reporting by Rickie Ramdass
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