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Man shot dead in midday robbery

By Sasha Harrinanan Friday, January 31 2014

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CRIME SCENE: Members of the CSI unit measure the distance between the light pole and the body of an alleged bandit, who was shot dead yesterday after ...
CRIME SCENE: Members of the CSI unit measure the distance between the light pole and the body of an alleged bandit, who was shot dead yesterday after ...

An unidentified man was shot and killed at midday yesterday, when an out-of-uniform Prison Officer used his licensed firearm to defend himself and his 15-year-old son during a robbery at a home in Chaguanas.

The incident occurred at 11.30 am on Rajkumar Road, behind Price Plaza in Endeavour, Chaguanas. Minutes earlier, the officer had gone to a bank in Valsayn where he withdrew $70,000 to do construction work on a house.

Speaking with Newsday yesterday afternoon, Acting Senior Superintendent Johnny Abraham said the man was apparently followed from the bank to his former in-lawís home by three men of African descent, who announced a hold-up as he pulled into the driveway. At least one of the robbers was armed with a gun.

Fearing for his life and that of his son, the prison officer handed over the bag of cash, but $20,000 fell out on to the floor of his Toyota Altis car in the process. One of the men, clad in a yellow T-shirt, black three-quarter pants and black sneakers, ran back for the cash. He also attempted to grab the officerís licensed firearm, which he had placed between his legs on the driverís seat. Thatís when the officer fired his gun, hitting the robber on his left side, and head.

The injured bandit collapsed and died on the ground a couple feet away from the officerís car while his two accomplices fled with $50,000 in a southerly direction along Rajkumar Road.

One eyewitness told Newsday he was using a power-washer to clean his yard when he heard one gun shot, then two more in quick succession. Concerned about his safety, the man remained on his property until he heard someone say the police were on their way.

Two other eyewitnesses said they saw two men running very fast in a southerly direction along Rajkumar Road. One had on a plain green T-shirt while the other was wearing a white T-shirt with green trim on the arms and neck.

The men ran and hid in some bushes on an empty lot of land a few houses from where the robbery occurred. They quickly changed their minds and continued running toward the intersection of Rajkumar and Endeavour Roads, where they made good their getaway in a silver car.

Police officers attached to the Central Division Task Force arrived on the scene a few minutes later. After interviewing the prison officer, they issued an All Points Bulletin (APB) for the two suspects then began a man-hunt for them.

Newsday understands that the prison officer, whose identity is being withheld by police, had been issued with a firearm by the Prison Service for his own protection some time ago.

As of press time, the two suspects were still at large with the stolen money.

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