A 23-year-old man is now dead following an altercation with police officers early this morning at a bar in La Brea, in what may be the 37th police-involved shooting for 2018.
Investigators say that around 3:30 this morning, two police officers attached to the La Brea Police Station, responded to a report of a man brandishing a firearm at the Dream Girls Bar.
When officers arrived, they were confronted by a group of persons who threw missiles at them.
In the ensuing melee, one of the officers allegedly drew his firearm and managed to get off one shot.
Police Commissioner Gary Griffith is advising citizens to avoid conflicts, saying that their lives are worth more.
His comment comes as part of his New Year's message to the country:
"Over the past few months in my capacity as Commissioner of Police, I have asked members of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service to go above and beyond the call of duty in pursuit of a safer country.
You have responded to the call in such admirable ways that simply cannot be allowed to go by without acknowledgement.
PC Heston Davidson attached to the Northern Division Task Force, Area West, has died following a motor vehicular accident which occurred along the Churchill Roosevelt Highway (CRH) early this morning.
Davidson, who was the lone occupant of his silver Nissan B14 motor vehicle, was proceeding east along the CRH, around 1:00 am, on December 27th when the car struck a median and subsequently collided with a tree, in the vicinity of the Devon Biscuit Factory, Arima.
He died at the scene.
Police are searching for three suspects who may be suffering from gunshot wounds following a police-involved shooting in the Sea Lots area this morning.
According to police reports, at around 3:10 am officers were on patrol along Production Avenue, Sea Lots when several loud explosions were heard.
The officers responded and on reaching the 2nd Street, Sea Lots, they observed three men wearing dark hoodies, all armed with firearms.
One of the men pointed a rifle in the direction of the marked police vehicle and several loud explosions were heard.
The man who was commissioned to draft this country’s first ‘use of force’ policy for the T&T Police Service in 2011 says he believes Police Commissioner Gary Griffith is being misunderstood when he uses the statement “one shot, one kill.’
Force Science analyst Michael Goodridge sat on both committees which first came up with a policy in 2011 and later reviewed it to make it clearer for officers in 2016.
Over the last few days, Griffith has faced both criticism and support for his catchphrase, ‘one shot, one kill.’
The Police Complaints Authority (PCA) has recorded 44 deaths in police-involved shootings. The killings have occurred in just 33 incidents PCA head David West told the T&T Guardian Thursday.
However, statistics disclosed by the T&T Police Service to Guardian Media Thursday stated that there have been 42 fatal police-involved shootings so far for 2018 thus far. In 2017 there were 46.