Richard Edwards

FORMER Chief of Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard Richard Edwards fatally shot himself on Friday while demonstrating gun safety.

Edwards shot himself in the forehead at his Couva business place and was taken to hospital where he succumbed to the injury.

The 50-year-old was a retired special forces officer, and ran executive security company Multinational Specialist Network.

Police were told that Edwards was tutoring a class of security officers and was demonstrating how to seize a firearm when pointed at them.

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Edwards was holding the firearm to his forehead when he pulled the trigger, investigators were told.

The witnesses contacted emergency services, and Edwards was taken by ambulance to the Couva District Health Facility where he was pronounced dead.


THE 11-year-old schoolgirl shot on Monday in East Port of Spain while she was in a relative’s car was operated on and is in stable condition at hospital. The relative believes the attack was a case of mistaken identity.

THE Government has backed down and completely deleted the controversial Clause 7 amendment to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Finance Minister Colm Imbert said in the Senate on Monday night this was done based on the arguments put forward by Independent Senator Sophia Chote SC.

A YELLOW weather alert remains in effect for Trinidad and Tobago. Both the T&T Meteorological Service and Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) yesterday issued a yellow alert — meaning moderate risk to public safety, livelihoods and property.

The Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MATT) says it is pleased that the Government was responsive to overwhelming public opinion and decided to retreat from its proposed amendments to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).