PCA involved in investigations after 9-yr-old-boy grazed by bullet in Pennywise robbery

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PCA involved in investigations after 9-yr-old-boy grazed by bullet in Pennywise robbery

Attorneys representing the parents of a nine-year-old boy who was grazed in the face by a bullet while with his family in a car, have initiated an investigation with the Police Complaints Authority (PCA).

DIRECTOR of the Police Complaints Authority David West has confirmed the PCA has started an investigation to determine whether the bullet was police-issued.

The investigations follow allegations by the boy’s father, Dwayne Asson, that it was a police bullet which injured his son in the incident on September 19. The child is still recovering from surgery at the San Fernando General Hospital (SFGH).

The boy’s father, Dwayne Asson, is a member of the T&T Coast Guard.

The parents retained attorney CJ Williams,

Williams said the Asson family just want accountability and an explanation of how their son was injured.

PCA Head David West said relatives of the four suspects had not filed any formal complaints with the PCA, but the investigation surrounds what is in the public domain, including media reports of the incident.

The boy, a student of Siparia RC Primary School, was grazed on the face while with his family in a car driving along the Southern Main Road, near Pond Street, La Romaine. Police were chasing a group of men who robbed and killed two security guards and wounded a third, while the guards were transporting cash from businesses in the Pennywise La Romaine centre.

Gunmen attacked and killed Allied security officers Jeffrey Peters, 51, and Jerry “Bat” Stuart, 49. They died in the vehicle in which they were transporting cash and cheques, collected from businesses operating in the La Romaine centre, to be deposited.

Female officer Peola Baptiste, 57, survived the gun attack, but is still said to be in a critical condition in the intensive care unit (ICU) at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope.

Allister Harris, 47, a security guard employed with another company, was also shot. He was treated and discharged. West said Harris’s shooting will also factor in their investigations as they receive ballistic reports.

Police later cornered the suspects at a house in La Romaine and four of them were killed. They were identified as Greg Dodough, Deaundre Montrose and brothers Kyle and Keyon Ramdhan.

Four other suspects have been charged for gun-related offences and are now before the courts. A soldier whose vehicle was used by the dead men was also detained by police but later released after his attorney filed a writ of habeas corpus.