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Police have launched investigations in two
separate shooting incidents in Central
Trinidad on Tuesday night in which two off-
duty police officers were shot at.
According to reports the first incident took
place at 7.25 pm, at the Gasparillo home of
WPC Asiya Holder.
Police said 29-year-old Holder was seated
in her front porch when she saw two men
standing at her front gate.
When she got up to get better look, one of
the men drew a gun and began shooting in
Holder managed dropped to the ground as
bullets struck the front of the house.
The two men escaped in a white Toyota
Corolla which was parked a short distance
away. Holder reported the incident to the Gas-
parillo Police Station.
Less than an hour later Special Reserve Police
(SRP) Cpl Ramjass Manbode was visiting rel-
atives in Coconut Drive, Munroe Road, Cunu-
pia, when he was shot at by two gunmen.
Manbode, who is assigned to the Caroni
Police Station, was seated in his Nissan B-14
when he saw two men walking towards the
car.He later told his colleagues that without
warning, the men drew guns, fired several shots
at the car and ran away.
Manbode drove the car to the Cunupia Police
Station and reported the shooting. The car was
impounded for ballistic testing.
Investigators have not established any motive
for either incident but believe that they are
The shootings come less than a week after
a soldier was shot in his arm during a joint
police and army patrol in Clifton Hill, East Dry
River, last Wednesday.
Contacted yesterday, Deputy Police Com-
missioner (DCP) Glenn Hackett said he was
concerned by the recent attacks on members
of the protective services, but he did not want
to comment further as investigations were at
a preliminary stage.
"What I have to unearth is whether they
(Holder and Manbode) were shot at in their
capacity as police officers or not. This would
determine the course of action the T&T Police
Service (TTPS) will take," Hackett said.
He noted that acting Police Commissioner
Stephen Williams had recently embarked on
a process of issuing firearm users licences to
police officers who are sometimes asked to
perform their official capacity while off-duty.
"However, it is not a process you can do
across the board just like that," Hackett said.
Senior Supt Johnny Abraham and detectives
of the Central Division CID are investigating
The police probe into an incident between
Assistant Police Commissioner (ACP) Peter
Reyes and a flight attendant aboard a domestic
flight last week, is set to be completed early
In a brief telephone interview yesterday, DCP
Glenn Hackett, who was appointed by acting
Police Commissioner Stephen Williams to lead
the investigation, said his investigators would
not rush the probe to ensure that it is thorough.
"All I can say at this time is that the inves-
tigation is ongoing and will be completed in
due course," Hackett said.
Around 5 pm, last Thursday, Reyes, who was
recently assigned as ACP for Tobago, boarded
the flight at the Piarco International Airport.
While the Caribbean Airlines Ltd (CAL) plane
was taxiing on the runway, Reyes reportedly
got into an argument with flight attendants
over their request that he switch off his cell-
The pilot returned the plane to the terminal
and Reyes was escorted off the plane to speak
to security personnel of the Airports Authority
of T&T (AATT).
He was then allowed to leave and completed
his journey on a flight the following day.
The pilot and two flight attendants who
interacted with Reyes, reported the incident at
the Piarco Police Station after they had com-
pleted their shift that night.
Reyes has since claimed that he had diffi-
culties switching off the cellphone, which was
issued to him by the TTPS.
According to an AATT report on the incident,
which has been made public, Reyes reportedly
told security officials at the airport that he felt
the airline staff were victimising him because
of his ethnicity.
Police are probing the death of
a Penal pensioner, whose decom-
posing corpse was found inside his
shack on Tuesday evening.
The discovery of 66-year-old Syl-
van Maharaj at his Batchiya Village
home occurred around 4 pm when
his friend Tony Jaggernaut went
looking for him.
Jaggernaut told Penal police that
on entering the yard, he got a foul
stench and on checking inside the
small wooden home, he found
Maharaj lying faced up on a mat-
Cpl Jaglal and other officers from
the Penal Police Station went to the
house where Maharaj was seen
wearing only a pair of boxer shorts.
Police said there were no visible
marks of violence on his body but
could not rule out foul play because
of the body s state.
It was taken to San Fernando
mortuary where an autopsy is to be
A 46-year-old construction
worker from Arima suffered serious
injuries after he was struck on his
head with a metal rod during an
argument with a co-worker on
According to reports, around 5.35
pm, Errol Williams, of La Horquetta,
was working at a construction site
on Valencia Road, Valencia when he
got into an argument over money.
Police said the suspect picked up
the makeshift weapon and struck
Williams over the head and ran away.
Williams was taken to the Sangre
Grande District Hospital in an
unconscious state where he was sta-
bilised before being transfered to the
Eric Williams Medical Sciences Cen-
tre in Mt Hope.
He was warded in a critical con-
dition at the Intensive Care Unit
(ICU) of the hospital up to late yes-
Although investigators obtained
information on the suspect they did
not find him when they visited his
home on Tuesday night and again
Police said an arrest is imminent.
Two off-duty cops shot at
No rush to complete Reyes' probe---DCP
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