Police shooting leaves one man dead at La Brea bar

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.

CoP: "Walk away from conflicts, your life is worth more"

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.

Police officer killed in early morning accident

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. 

Search for Suspects after Police-involved Shooting

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. 

Top Cop reiterating military training

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.’

PCA probing 44 police-involved killings

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.