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Shot woman sent home

By CECILY ASSON Saturday, December 28 2013

ANDREA “Angel” Persad, 21, who was shot by her uncle-in-law PC Lutchmansingh Roopchand, 29, on Boxing Day outside the Fyzabad Branch Trace, Siparia, home of her grandparents was yesterday discharged from hospital.

Police sources said as Persad, “ran for her life”, when PC Roopchand pointed his personal licenced pistol at her and opened fire, one of the bullets grazed her chest and exited through her left forearm.

Roopchand, a policeman for the past ten years, later committed suicide by shooting himself in the head in his white Toyota Corolla car which was parked along the road. Yesterday, Persad’s grandfather Harrilal Ramsundar, 63, was thanking God that Persad survived the ordeal and is out of hospital and back home.

“We are just trying to cope with what happened,” Ramsundar told Newsday. “Her grandmother Sundardaye Logan just now told me her pressure is high,” he added.

On Thursday, Persad of Pancham Trace, Barrackpore, went to Siparia to visit, grandmother Logan when at about 12.30 pm she received a message that PC Roopchand was parked on the road outside her grandmother’s house and wanted to see Persad.

When Persad went outside, Roopchand became annoyed when she refused to sit in the car and when she turned to leave, he fired several shots at her, with a bullet grazing her chest and hitting her in the left forearm. A single shot was later heard as Roopchand ended his own life.

At the Ramsubhag Trace, Barrackpore, house where Roopchand lived with his wife Lystra, 30, and their son Liam, two, his relatives were yesterday struggling to come to terms with his death. Roopchand last worked at the Criminal Gang and Intelligence Unit in Port-of-Spain.

Relatives including his weeping father Ramnarace Roopchand and father-in-law Harrilal Gobinpersad said they are now faced with “more questions than answers” over the incident. Only Christmas Day, Gobinpersad said he pleaded with his son-in-law to take a rest as he (Roopchand) was showing signs of emotional stress.

“I said, ‘boy you looking sick go and take some sick leave’. But he said he could not as he had to work. Work was always on his mind. He was always on call 24/7.

“He only came home Christmas Day around lunchtime and went to rest to go back to work,” Gobinpersad said. ASP Rampersad of the Southern Homicide Division is continuing investigations.

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