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Suicide cop, victim lived in same house

By CECILY ASSON Monday, December 30 2013

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FLASHBACK: Crime scene officer approaches PC Lutchmansingh Roopchand after he shot himself through the head on Boxing Day (last Thursday) believing he...
FLASHBACK: Crime scene officer approaches PC Lutchmansingh Roopchand after he shot himself through the head on Boxing Day (last Thursday) believing he...

ANDREA “Angel” Persad, 21, who narrowly escaped death on Thursday (Boxing Day) after being shot at by her uncle-in-law PC Lutchmansingh Roopchand, 29, who according to reports followed her to her grandmother’s home in Siparia where she was spending the yuletide holiday, lived in the same household with her attacker.

Roopchand later committed suicide by shooting himself in the head as he sat behind the steering wheel of his white Corolla Toyota which was parked at the side of the road at Fyzabad Branch Trace, Siparia.

He was married of Persad’s aunt and had been staying at his in-laws’ home at Ramsubhag Trace, Barrackpore where Persad also lived, while Roopchand was building his new home a short distance away. Shocked relatives told Newsday the house is “80 percent complete” and he was looking forward to moving in with his wife Lystra, 30 and two-year-old son Liam.

Roopchand joined the police service ten years ago and last worked at the Criminal Gang and Intelligence Unit in Port-of-Spain.

Yesterday when Newsday visited the bereaved home, one relative confirmed that Persad lived at the house but said since her discharge from San Fernando General Hospital last Friday she was staying at the home of another relative. The bullet from Roopchand’s personal licensed firearm grazed her on the left breast and exited through her left forearm. She was treated and warded. He said she was unavailable to speak to the media.

“You must understand how hard it is for the family,” the male relative told Newsday.

“I have not seen her but spoke to her on the phone and she is very traumatized because it is a lot to deal with at this time.”

He said Persad complained of being in plenty pain. He however did not want to reveal her location. Roopchand was buried yesterday at the Platanique Public Cemetery, Penal following a funeral service which was conducted under Christian rites at his home.

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