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WASA employee shot dead by cops

By Joel Julien joel.julien@trinidadexpress.com

AN employee of the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) has been shot dead by police after he opened fire on officers.
Dead is 34-year-old Jamel Ecliff Charles, of Goose Lane in El Socorro.
Charles is the 31st person to be killed by police for the year, according to an Express tally.
Charles was said to be known to the police.
He was previously charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, wounding with intent and abusive language.
According to reports, around 11 p.m. on Saturday, a team of officers from the North Eastern Division Task Force (NEDTF), led by Sgt Cornelius Samuel, went to Goose Lane in El Socorro after receiving reports of armed suspects in the area involved in illegal narcotics transactions.
When the officers arrived they saw three suspects. Two of the men ran away.
The third, Charles, fired shots at the police vehicle.
The officers returned fire.
Charles was injured during the shoot-out and fell.
A Glock 40-calibre handgun with several rounds of ammunition was retrieved at the scene.
Charles was rushed to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
No police officers were injured.
The police vehicle used in the incident was damaged in the exchange of gunfire.
Investigations are continuing.
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