A 27-year-old man who was wanted for a series of crimes in the North Eastern district including attempted murder, shooting with intent, robbery, and trafficking cocaine is dead following a shoot-out with police yesterday morning.
According to police reports, at about 8.30 a.m. a party of officers from the North Eastern Division Task Force led by Cpl Sunil Bharath, under the supervision of Inspector Roger Alexander and Sgt Cornelius Samuel, made their way to an area along Laventille Road, Laventille, known as Shadow Hill.
Once there, the officers, acting on information received, surrounded a house where they called out the name Jerome Cross and demanded that he, and anyone else who may be inside, surrender themselves. The policemen received no response, and they made their way inside the building.
However, upon entering the home, the officers were surprised to see Cross aka “Box” sitting in a chair facing the doorway.
Police said when Cross saw the officers, he raised a firearm that he was holding and pointed it at them.
The officers then opened fire on the suspect, hitting him several times about his upper body.
Some of the policemen rushed the injured man to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, but Cross was pronounced dead on arrival.
The police officers who remained on the scene reportedly recovered a .38 revolver with three rounds of ammunition.
They also found a quantity of marijuana at the back of the building.
Speaking to the media yesterday, Senior Superintendent Khan explained that, while it was unfortunate that a human life was lost and that investigations were continuing into the incident, the actions of the policemen involved in the exercise, in fearlessly putting their lives on the line in the pursuit of a suspect believed to be armed, had to be recognised and praised.
Khan singled out and commended Bharath for the leadership of officers in similar exercises throughout the year, which has led to a statistical reduction in serious reported crime in the North Eastern Division, as compared to the same period last year.
Cross was the first of two police killings which took place yesterday.