Murder suspect killed in police shootout

Police have shot and killed a man in Valencia after a shootout.

It is being reported that a team from the northeastern division task force was making inquiries related to a suspect, identified as Jason Khan.

Police say they were fired upon and returned fire.

Officer Darren Francis was wounded in the exchange, but the suspect managed to escape.

However, he was accosted a short distance away at a house where he was shot and killed.

Officer Francis was rushed to the hospital where he is warded.

Police in shootout with car thieves

Police believe they have made a dent into a robbery and car stealing ring based in the Tunapuna area.

This follows a shootout last night at the corner of Balthazar and Fairley Streets, which resulted in the capture of a suspect described as the youngest member of the gang.

Four suspects were involved in the shootout with police and while three escaped, a 17-year-old suspect was held suffering from gunshot wounds.

He was rushed to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex where he remains warded under police guard.

Police say gun seizures increasing

Police say the number of guns taken off the street so far this year, represent a 25 percent increase over the corresponding period last year.

This is according to a statement by Senior Superintendent, Radcliff Boxill, in charge of the Criminal Investigation Department and Criminal Records Office of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.

"To date for 2016, Trinidad and Tobago Police Service has removed off the nation’s streets 361 firearms, which represent a 25% increase in gun seizures for the comparative period, which stood at 289.

Police issue warning amid circulation of hundreds of nude local women on social media

Police are being asked to determine the source of a hack, that has caused the circulation of hundreds of nude pictures of local women to be disseminated across social media.

The photos appear to have been stolen from a pornography website, TriniPorn which features locals and transferred to social websites Tumbler and One Drive in folders called "SelfShotUniverse".

The folders contain over 500 pictures of dozens of women.

Venezuelan women held then released in massive operation in South Trinidad

Police temporary detained two Venezuelan women during a massive raid in Marabella and Venezuela, but eventually released them after they were able to produce proper documentation.

More than 250 law enforcement agents, including police officers, army personnel, Customs and Immigration officials and members of the Coast Guard, have been conducting an exercise that started around 3am today.

The officers have been checking several living quarters and business establishments. 

Among those detained, were two Venezuelan women who were held in a motel in Marabella.

Police suspected it was a cigarette lighter but said confirmation was necessary

Police say that at the time they were recovering the suspicious device resembling a grenade in Point Fortin, they strongly suspected that it was a cigarette lighter, but needed to confirm it.

The police have issued this statement on the matter:

"Ammunition specialists attached to the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force have confirmed that the suspicious object found by a sanitation worker while cutting grass along the Techier Link Road, Point Fortin today, was in fact a cigarette lighter.

Police might seek US help in tracking voice notes

Police are investigating the origin of the voice notes circulating, warning of threats to schools yesterday as well as threats to bomb malls over last weekend and if need be will be using the assistance of the United States in tracking the criminal/s responsible for the voice notes.