UPDATE: Two dead, one held, 3 Guns seized following sting operation in Barataria 

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UPDATE: Two dead, one held, 3 Guns seized following sting operation in Barataria 

Two men were fatally shot, one held and three firearms recovered by police officers this afternoon following a sting operation into a spate of Facebook robberies in the Barataria district.

According to police reports, on January 17th, during the period 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm, police officers attached to the North-Eastern Division (NED) Intelligence Unit, NED Task Force and Barataria Criminal Investigations Department (CID) responded to a Facebook Ad in which a vehicle was being offered for sale.

Acting on information, police officers proceeded to 11th Street, Barataria, where two suspects, who were allegedly armed with firearms, approached an unmarked police vehicle and pointed the firearms at plainclothes police officers.

Other police officers, who were in another unmarked police vehicle parked nearby, announced their presence and the men allegedly pointed the firearms in the direction of those officers. The lawmen, in keeping with the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service’s (TTPS) Use of Force Policy, discharged their weapons in the direction of the two suspects.

One of the men then took off running towards the Maritime Roundabout where he allegedly dropped a firearm onto the roadway. He then ran east onto Tenth Street and entered a white Nissan B13 in an attempt to escape.

Police officers gave chase after the vehicle and the suspect pointed a firearm in their direction.

The officers, again, in keeping with the TTPS’ Use of Force Policy, discharged their firearms in the direction of the man, wounding him.

Both suspects were then conveyed to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex in Mt Hope where they were pronounced dead on arrival.

Their identities remain unknown at this time.

The driver of the white Nissan B13, a 38-year-old man of Coconut Drive, Morvant, was conveyed to the Barataria Police Station where he is assisting detectives with their investigations.

Enquiries into this incident are continuing by Supt (Ag.) Revanales.

Source: TTPS