Police Commissioner saddened by death of police officer

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 07:45

Top cop Stephen Williams is extending condolences to the friends and family of slain police officer Richard Babwah, who was shot and killed during a robbery, in Arouca, yesterday.

The following is a press release from the TTPS:

Commissioner of Police (Ag.), Stephen Williams, has expressed sadness over the death of No. 8284 PC Richard Babwah, who was shot and killed during a robbery, in Arouca, yesterday, and is today joined by the rank and file of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, in extending condolences to the relatives and friends of the slain officer.

PC Babwah, 40, of Lopinot Road, Arouca, who had just gone off duty, was at a Chinese restaurant in the area around 5:20pm, on Monday 11th December, 2017, when two men entered, one armed with a gun, and announced a robbery.

The officer drew his service pistol and there was an exchange of gunfire, during which one of the suspects was struck in the lower abdomen.

PC Babwah sustained several gunshot wounds about the body and died on the scene. The assailants then made their escape in a red Nissan Almera.

The wounded suspect, a 33-year-old man of Maloney, sought medical attention at the Arima District Health Facility, where he was subsequently detained. He was then transferred to the Eric Williams’ Medical Sciences Complex, and is under police guard.

The second suspect, a 31-year-old man, was held at Everglade Avenue, Maloney around 7:20pm, in the Almera vehicle. PC Babwah, a Special Reserve Police Officer, who had four years’ service leaves to mourn, his mother, father and two daughters.

He was attached to the Homicide Bureau of Investigations, Region 2, Arouca. ASP (Ag.) Windel Flaviney, described the late officer as someone who was committed and dedicated with a desire to serve others.

PC Babwah, was also well liked and had a good rapport with his colleagues in the Homicide Bureau of Investigations.