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Police on patrol kill 2 in shoot-out

By Santa Cruz \\\\\ Alexander Bruzual

Two men are dead and the search is one for a third after a shoot-out with police officers in Santa Cruz on Wednesday night.

According to police reports, a party of officers from the North-Eastern Division Task Force were on mobile patrol along Saddle Road, Santa Cruz, when they received information of a house burglary in progress, in the vicinity of Francis Street. 

The officers went to the address and they came across a gold-coloured Toyota Corolla car with three occupants. 

Upon seeing the police vehicle, one of the occupants opened fire on the lawmen, forcing the officers to return fire.

A high-speed chase then ensued, however, the Corolla ran off the road in the vicinity of the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) pumping station near Jaggan Village.

The three occupants of the vehicle then exited the car and all the men reportedly began shooting at officers while attempting to escape. 

The officers returned fire, hitting two of the suspects, however, the third man managed to escape the scene.

The two injured men were rushed to the Eric Willi­ams Me­dical Sciences Complex in Mt Hope, however, they were pronounced dead on arrival.

One .38 revolver, along with one .40 calibre Smith and Wesson pistol, was recovered at the scene.

One of the deceased men has since been identified as Ab­ba Diaz, 25, of Blackford Street, Santa Cruz, while the identity of the other deceased individual remains unknown up to press time. 

Police said Diaz and the individual who escaped were both known to them for firearm possession charges and as a result, police said an arrest is imminent for the third suspect.

With these two deaths, the number of police killings for the year has been pushed to 29.

Investigations are continuing.

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