A 31-year-old man died, and a firearm and ammunition recovered following a police-involved shooting in the Santa Cruz area on Thursday.
Around 11:48pm, officers of the North- Eastern Division Task Force proceeded to the Percy Street, La Canoa Road, Santa Cruz area to execute a search warrant for firearms and ammunition at the home of a known offender.
According to a press release issued by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), officers were fired upon by the suspect, as they visited his premises to execute a warrant.
The officers became fearful for their lives and, in keeping with the TTPS’ Use of Force Policy, opened fire on the suspect, hitting him several times about the body.
He was immediately rushed to the Eric Williams Medical Science Complex, Mt. Hope, where he succumbed to his injuries while undergoing emergency treatment.
One Tangfoglio 9mm pistol together with a magazine and ammunition were recovered near the victim.