Woman, baby, unharmed during police-involved shooting

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Woman, baby, unharmed during police-involved shooting

A woman and a baby were safely kept out of harm’s way after officers searched a house in Santa Cruz area on Wednesday and killed one of the occupants.

Around 3:50a.m, officers of the North Eastern Division Task Force proceeded to the La Sargesse Road, Santa Cruz area, to conduct an operation.

Upon reaching the area, the officers went to a small wooden structure in search of a suspect who had evaded police capture on October 2nd.

During the October 2nd incident, police officers recovered two high-powered rifles and secured warrants for the suspect’s arrest for possession of a firearm and ammunition.

The search for the man led officers to the wooden structure where they found three occupants lying on a mattress.

Police ordered the occupants to show their hands and to stand up. A woman with a baby responded to the instructions and was ushered out of the room.

The officers then repeated the order for the man to show his hands and to stand up. But, he refused and allegedly drew a silver metal pistol from under him, and pointed and discharged it in the direction of the officers.

The officers in keeping with the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service’s (TTPS) Use of Force Policy responded and discharged their TTPS-issued firearms at the suspect.

The firearm was recovered and secured.