Former coup-maker escapes death yet again...
By ALEXANDER BRUZUAL and NALINEE SEELAL Saturday, August 24 2013
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ESCAPES DEATH: Former insurrectionist, Brent Miller, also known as 'Big Brent' is currently at hospital suffering from gunshot wounds....
A former insurrectionist of the attempted coup in 1990, was yesterday. riddled with bullets by gunmen posing as police officers as he drove south along the St Annís Road, St Annís, shortly after 10 am.
Another man, 27-year-old Shane Boucoud, who was in the front passenger seat at the time of the incident, escaped with minor injuries.
Police reported that at about 10.30 am, 38-year-old Brent ďBig BrentĒ Miller, of Ariapita Road, St Annís, was driving his black Nissan Navara motor vehicle south along St Annís Road, St Annís, when he was overtaken by a gold Nissan Almera motor vehicle which was proceeding in the same direction.
The Almera suddenly stopped in front of Millerís vehicle, forcing the Navara to come to a stop.
Two occupants, both armed with firearms and dressed in clothing resembling that worn by police officers, then exited the Almera and walked towards the van.
Miller and his passenger saw the assailants coming, but before they could do anything, they were fired upon without warning. The shooting, police said, was concentrated on Miller, leading investigators to believe that this incident was an assassination attempt.
The assailants then jumped back into the Almera and drove off, fleeing the scene. Miller was shot in his chest, left arm and back, while his passenger was said to have been injured from the shrapnel of broken glass, and bits of metal.
Persons who witnessed the shooting notified the police, and within minutes both Miller and Boucaud were rushed to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital.
Boucaud, of St Annís Road, St Annís, was said to have been treated and discharged, while Miller, who police sources said was in and out of consciousness, was rushed to the casualty ward, where he was treated.
Up to press time, he was said to be in a serious condition.
The Almera car was later found abandoned along Braemar Road, Cascade.
The vehicle, police said, was traced and the police learned that it had been reported stolen from the Northern Division last week.
The matter is being looked into by a party of Port-of-Spain Division officers, including ASP Persad, Inspector Chandool, Sgt Knott, and Cpl Williams.
Police sources told Newsday Miller would be placed under police guard last night, and they were even looking at options of having the injured man moved, as they believe that another attempt could be made on his life.
This was the third known time, police sources said, that an attempt has been made against Millerís life.
Miller was once charged for the 1998 murder of Israel Sammy.
He, along with Jamaat-al-Muslimeen leader Yasin Abu Bakr had been charged for the killing in 2010, following an inquest into the death. However, the matter was eventually discontinued by Director of Public Prosecutions, Roger Gaspard SC.
Miller was also one of the Stateís key witnesses in 2006 during a trial in which Abu Bakr had been charged with conspiracy to murder two expelled members of his organisation.