A 49-YEAR-OLD Carenage man who was stealing avocados from the yard of another Carnage resident was shot in the shoulder by police on Tuesday.
Western Division officers said at around 12.30 p.m., they received a report that the man was stealing the fruits in a yard along Jericho Street.
Upon going to the address, the man, police said, pointed an object resembling a firearm at them after which the officers said they became fearful and opened fire, hitting him in the shoulder.
The man, who lived at Hope Street, managed to run a short distance but was eventually captured by the officers. The object he had in his possession was found to be a toy gun.
Police took the man to hospital where he was treated and eventually discharged. He was later charged with praedial larceny and possession of the imitation firearm officers said.
He is expected to appear before a Port of Spain Magistrate today.