THE identity of one of the two alleged bandits shot dead early Thursday morning by the police after they intercepted a car in Santa Cruz following a robbery report remained unknown up to last night.
One of the men was identified as Abba Diaz, 25, of Blackford Street, Santa Cruz.
The police are also searching for a third man who escaped and is believed to have sustained gunshot injuries. As a result, the police are asking the public and all medical institutions to be on the lookout for this man.
According to initial police reports, officers from the North-Eastern Division Task Force (NEDTF) 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, around 3.45 a.m.
The officers went to the address and came across a gold-coloured Toyota Corolla with three occupants.†
When the alleged bandits saw the police vehicle, one of its occupants opened fire, forcing the officers to return fire.
The driver of the Corolla then sped off, pursued by the officers.
The Corolla ran off the road in the vicinity of the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) pumping station near Jaggan Village and the three occupants of the vehicle then got out the car and, according to the police, all the men began shooting at officers while attempting to escape.†
The officers fired back, taking cover behind their police vehicles. Three of the suspects were hit, but one of them managed to escape the scene.
The two injured men were taken to Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex in Mt Hope, but they were both pronounced dead on arrival.
One .38 revolver and a .40 calibre Smith and Wesson pistol were recovered at the scene.
Police said Diaz and the individual who escaped were both known to them for firearm possession charges and they 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.