Forstin Augustus, a man described as mentally ill, was shot dead by police and two other men were killed in separate incidents between Friday night and Saturday morning. The deaths occurred in Chaguanas, Arima, and Coryal. Police are also investigating the circumstances under which a man, described as a mental outpatient, was killed by one of their colleagues. Police were called to the Coryal Main Road home of Forstin Augustus, who was reported to be acting violently. Augustus’s relatives took police to the side of his house, where they attempted to calm him down. Police reports said the man calmed down for a moment, but then again began acting violently, fighting with the officers. During the struggle, one of the officers saw Augustus had a cutlass concealed in the waist of his pants. Officers said as Augustus reached for the cutlass, he was shot in the chest. He died on the scene.
The latest incident occurred in Chaguanas, happened around 2.30 a.m. on Saturday when a man identified as Brandon Romain, also known as Marv was reportedly stabbed during a fight near a bar behind the Chaguanas market. He was taken to hospital but died of his injuries six hours later. Police are also investigating the murder of Ronald Edwards, 40, who was killed shortly before 7 pm on Friday, at Demerara Road, Arima, when Edwards was walking along Hilltop Drive when he was shot in the head and face. Passers-by took him to the Arima Hospital. He was declared dead around 7.20 pm.
Investigations are continuing in all three matters.