Forensic Science Centre

Police involved shooting in San Raphael

A bandit was shot dead by police officers during an alleged police-involved shooting at Brazil Village, San Raphael on Thursday night.

Police have launched a manhunt for the bandit’s three accomplices, who are believed to have been shot and wounded during last night’s incident.

It is alleged that four men, in a white Honda Civic, went to rob the Cross Quality Supermarket at about 8 pm on Thursday.

Police said when the officers responded to the report of the robbery and arrived on the scene, the men got into the vehicle and sped off.

Decomposing body found in Enterprise

Police are on the scene where a decomposing body was found at Crown Trace, Enterprise.

According to a police report, at about 11 am, police officers were notified that a body was found in a drain at the back of a property that houses an ice cream shop.

Whilst police say they are not sure how the man died, they got information from neighbours that the man is known to suffer from epileptic attacks.

Police believe the man suffered a seizure while in the backyard and may have fallen into a water-filled drain.

His identity has not been released to the media

Unidentified man killed in Laventille

An unidentified man was gunned down on Monday night in Laventille.

According to a police report, at about 7.20 pm, officers of the Inter-Agency Task Force responded to the sound of gunshots at Cashville, in the Eastern Quarry area.

On arrival, they found the body of an unidentified man lying on the roadway.

Police said he was shot multiple times.

The body was clad in a green jersey, a pair of long black jeans and a pair of black sneakers.

Man gunned down in Tunapuna

A man whose home was fire-bombed two weeks ago was gunned down in Tunapuna on Wednesday evening.

According to a police report, shortly after 7 pm, Kenneth Millard was sitting near the gate of an apartment complex he managed at Ali Street, when a lone gunman walked up to him and shot him several times. The gunman then escaped.

Upon hearing the gunshots, the tenants of the complex called the police.

However, when the police arrived, they found Millard dead on the scene.

An autopsy is expected to be conducted at the Forensic Science Centre in St James today.

Bruised body found down a precipice

The body of a 59-year-old man was found at the bottom of a precipice in Sans Souci on Thursday.

The man was later identified as Trevor Lucas of George Street, Sans Souci.

According to a police report, shortly after 3 pm, officers of the Eastern Division—acting upon information received—went to the Sans Souci area where they found Lucas’ body about 100 feet from the roadway, down a precipice.

Lucas was clad in a pair of blue three-quarter jeans and a blue jersey.

Man killed in Trou Macaque, Laventille

Investigations are continuing into the motive behind yesterday’s killing of Jmari Villaruel, in Troumacaque in Laventille.

The incident reportedly occurred at 5:30 p.m. Reports are that the victim was ambushed as he was liming at Hitler Trace, and was shot multiple times.

Police said that Jmari Villaruel, also known as "Pokey", hailed from Beetham Gardens and was well known by law enforcement. 

No arrest has been made and investigations are continuing.

An autopsy is expected to be performed on Jmari Villaruel today, at the Forensic Science Centre in St James.

Matelot village mourns death of Exemplar youth

The quiet and peaceful fishing village of Matelot is plunged into mourning following the murder of an exemplar youth, 21-year-old Odion Graham.

According to a police report, at about 11.30 pm on Monday villagers heard several gunshots in the vicinity of Santa Cruz Road Matelot.

A party of officers were called to the scene where they found Graham dead on the roadway. He was shot several times to the head and back.

Graham lived at the corner Santa Cruz Road and Samuel Street.

Police probe two murders, two hours apart

Homicide detectives are investigating two unrelated murders that took place in North Trinidad on Sunday night, within the space of two hours.

In the later incident, shortly after 9 pm, Derrick Valentine, 33, of Covigne Road, Diego Martin, was at his home with his family when two gunmen men stormed into the house.

The men then opened fire, shooting Valentine multiple times about the body before escaping.

Valentine was taken to the St James infirmary where he died while undergoing emergency treatment.