Sunday, January 21, 2018

Two suspected car thieves killed by cops

...shot after chase through Freeport

POLICE shot and killed two suspected thieves in Couva on Thursday night.

One of the deceased was identified as Beresford Asoon, who police said was a known car thief from Sangre Grande. The second man is yet to be identified.

According to police, at around 9.50 p.m. a woman driving a Nissan Navara arrived at her Roystonia home with her family, when two men confronted her at gunpoint.

The thieves ordered the family out of the vehicle, and left with it.

Police were contacted and a party of police officers of the Central Police Division led by Senior Superintendent Johnny Abraham responded and set up several road blocks in Couva and Freeport.

Police said the thieves crashed the vehicle in Roystonia, and escaped in aToyota Corolla that was following behind.

That vehicle was spotted heading south near St Mary's Junction, Freeport, and officers pursued the vehicle along Southern Main Road.

Police said there was an exchange of gunfire, and the thieves abandoned the vehicle and ran into a bushy area.

Officers pursued the suspects who were shot and wounded. Police said they were taken for medical treatment but died.

Police said they recovered a 1.38 revolver from the suspects.

Autopsies are expected to be performed on the bodies today at the Forensic Sciences Centre, St James.