GATHERING EVIDENCE: Police investigators examine the bullet-riddled Nissan Bluebird in which two men were killed by police during a shootout in Chaguanas on Wednesday night after the car was stolen from the driver in Marabella. —Photo courtesy TV6

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POLICE KILL 4

Bandits intercepted in Morvant and Chaguanas

By Susan Mohammed susan.mohammed@trinidadexpress.com

TWO SUSPECTED car thieves were killed and a police officer wounded during a shoot-out in Chaguanas on Wednesday night. 

The thieves, who police said were not yet identified up to late yesterday, died after a car chase from south to central Trinidad. 

According to a police report, around 10.30 p.m. a 29-year-old taxi-driver of Spring Village, Claxton Bay was plying his Nissan Bluebird for hire from Couva to San Fernando when he picked up two men along the Southern Main Road, Couva. 

Police said upon reaching Beaumont Hill, one of the passengers asked to be let out. 

When the driver stopped, one passenger pulled a gun and hijacked the taxi-driver as a second passenger announced a holdup. The taxi-driver was robbed of US$1,060, two cellphones valued $9,700, and the keys to his $127,000 vehicle.

Two passengers were also robbed, and the victims were all thrown out of the vehicle. 

The victims made their way to the St Margaret’s Police Station where they reported the robbery, and an all-points-bulletin was issued. 

A joint party of police officers of the St Margaret’s Police Station, Southern Division Task Force, and Highway Patrol (South) responded and set up road blocks in the vicinity of the Claxton Bay landfill, where the vehicle was spotted. 

Police said officers attempted to intercept the vehicle and the suspects opened fire. 

The officers returned fire and a chase ensued along the north-bound lane of the Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway. 

Police said in the vicinity of Chase village, Highway Patrol officers again attempted to intercept the vehicle when the passenger in the front fired at them and PC Ramsey was shot in his right forearm. 

The chase continued into Chaguanas, where police officers of the Central Division Task Force also joined in the search. 

Upon reaching Xavier Street off the Endeavour Link Road, police said the suspects crashed into a wall, and the two men were discovered in the vehicle, bleeding from gunshot wounds. 

They were taken to the Chaguanas Health Facility where they were pronounced dead on arrival. 

Police recovered a Jennings pistol and one magazine with four live rounds of ammunition and all the stolen loot in the vehicle.  

PC Ramsey was treated at the Chaguanas Health Facility and later transferred to the Mount Hope Medical Sciences Complex where he is warded in a stable condition. 

The taxi-driver later identified the bodies of the two men at the Chaguanas Health Facility. 

This brings to 11 the persons killed by police in 2014 during investigations.

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