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RHONDOR DOWLAT AND
Escaped murder accused Hassan
Atwell, 41, brother of Rajaee Ali was
shot and killed in Port-of-Spain on
Saturday night and in an immediate
reaction to the killing acting police
commissioner Stephen Williams is
denying reports that there were police
involvement in the killing.
He said the shooting, which occurred
at about 11.30 pm at Bath Street, is
being treated as a murder.
Atwell, who shares the same biolog-
ical father with Ali, was shot multiple
times about the head and upper part
of the body. He was found lying face
down near a wall.
According to a report, residents called
the police and told them about several
gunshots in the area.
A party of police officers responded
and searched several areas. They found
Atwell dead on the compound of the
Servol Sunshine Hill Life Centre at Cal-
vary Hill, East Dry River, Port-of-Spain.
The body was clad in a pair of brown
jeans and red and black sneakers.
Investigating officers said they recov-
ered eight spent shells, three live rounds
and several projectiles at the scene. No
firearm or ammunition was reportedly
found on Atwell neither near to his
There are, however, three theories to
Atwell s killing.
The first theory suggested that police
officers received information with regards
to Atwell s whereabouts and went to the
area where they were allegedly greeted
by gunfire. The officers allegedly returned
fire and in the end Atwell was shot dead.
Public information officer of the Police
Service ASP Michael Pierre also dis-
missed this theory yesterday saying
"the police had nothing to do with it
and others in the area."
Investigating officers claimed Atwell
was shot dead by "Rastacity men" after
he jumped out of a car and attempted
to hide from the police in the plannings.
The second theory suggested that
rival gang members found out that
Atwell was hiding out in the area and
they were the ones who allegedly hunted
him down and killed him.
The third theory suggested that Atwell
was allegedly caught by the police in an
undisclosed location and brought to the
Calvary Hill, East Dry River where they
allegedly executed him, shooting him
at close range multiple times.
However, the T&T Guardian was con-
tacted and told that it is possible that
the entire incident may have been cap-
tured on camera as several youths in the
area claimed that they saw what took
The residents said they are too afraid
to speak, as they too may become sta-
Atwell was among three prisoners who
escaped from the Port-of-Spain State
Prison on Frederick Street, on Friday.
CCTV footage captured moments
before the prison break inside the prison
showed Atwell and Christopher "Mon-
ster" Selby, 30, running to the main gate
pointing guns. One of them, keys in their
hands unlocked the gate and the two
ran out followed by Allan "Scanny" Mar-
CCTV footage captured outside the
prison showed the escapees shooting at
a marked police vehicle outside the
prison, in which sentry on duty, PC
Sherman Maynard was killed.
Minutes after the escape, Selby board-
ed a PH car where he made a demand
to go to Belmont. However, upon the
driver s refusal to take him there, instead
dropped off at Tamarind Square, East
Police said even though Selby had
apologised to passengers and the driver
of the PH car members of the public
should not to be fooled.
"All that is window dressing. He was
charged with murder and other shooting
offences," an officer said yesterday.
Martin was corned on the compound
of the Port-of-Spain General Hospital
where he was killed. A handgun and
cellphone was recovered near his body.
Williams: No police involvement in Atwell's killing
It s over.
With escapees Allan "Scanny Mar-
tin and Hassan Atwell both dead in
the last 48 hours since last Friday s
city jail break, Christopher "Monster"
Selby, the final prisoner who had been
on the run, surrendered to police last
Almost 72 hours after last Friday s
brazen midday prison break, Selby,
the last prisoner alive, gave himself
up to Barataria police--- but he s
expressed fears for his life and that
he s been deemed a "cop killer."
Acting Police Commissioner
Stephen Williams told the T&T
Guardian that Selby should have no
reason to fear for his life. Williams
added, "He s now in police custody
and the rule of law will take place.
The matters are being investigated
and I m talking about the relevant
matters including their escape from
the jail and the murder of the young
police constable (Sherman Maynard)
so I wouldn t want to comment on
that at this point,"
"But from an organisational stand-
point, we put out extensive resources
in pursuit of Selby as an escaped pris-
oner and now that he had been recap-
tured, we ll refocus resources on other
relevant matters to be addressed."
Selby and Atwell had been on the
run since last Friday when along with
Martin--- an accused in the Vindra
Naipaul Coolman case--- the trio shot
their way out of the Frederick Street
prison in Port of-Spain in a daring
high noon escapade, packing pistols
and hot gun and killing Maynard in
the process. A grenade was found on
the street outside the jail also.
Fleeing in a vehicle, Martin died
shortly after in a shoot-out with police
near the Port-of-Spain General Hos-
pital while Atwell and Selby feld to
other city areas. An island-wide man-
hunt was launched for them, with
air, land and sea resources.
Police sources said Atwell was shot
to death in Calgary Hill, East Port
of-Spain and his bullet riddled body
was found by authorities around 12.
30 am yesterday. Investigators believe
he was killed by certain gang mem-
bers. Pictures of Atwell s body with
multiple bullet holes in his back and
face surfaced on social media yester-
Following all of this, word on the
ground since mid-afternoon yester-
day was that Selby, 30, a co- accused
in the Naipaul Coolman case, had
wanted to give himself up. When the
action did get going, he surrendered
with his lawyer Cristen Williams to
the Barataria Police Station.
Selby gave himself up around 5.30
pm. Police vehicles with flashing
lights and riot gear-clad police
blocked off part of Bhagoutie Trace
near the station and Third Avenue
opposite the station where Selby was
He could not be seen through the
glass panels of the stations. However
his attorney Williams said Selby had
been planning to surrender. Williams
"What happened is he contacted
a mutual friend of myself and himself
and he was a client of mine so when
he contacted that person, arrange-
ments were made with the Criminal
Gang and Intelligence Unit to have
him safely returned to their custody."
Williams is an attorney for the 11
people accused of the Dana Seetahal
murder in May 2014. They appear
in court this morning.
Williams said he and the other
party started making arrangements
for Selby s surrender around 2 pm
and Selby gave himself up at the sta-
tion by around 5.30 pm where a party
of officers took him into custody.
Williams said, "He s safe, phys-
ically he looks alright, he surrendered
in a black t-shirt and a pair of boxers
On why Selby surrendered,
Williams said he preferred not to say,
save that "He s very fearful for his
life right now. They came to meet
him but he s very fearful for his life
in the hands of the police officers,"
"He s fearful for his safety in a
police station ....why, I don t want
to say, but he says he s very fearful
for his life as some accuse him of
being a cop-killer."
While Williams spoke to a news
team from T&T Guardian and CNC3,
Selby was being cautioned in the
police station. Williams said he had
no idea what charges are to be laid
against his client.
Williams said Selby would be
transferred to the Belmont Police
Station. He said he would be rep-
resent him but didn t know when
Selby would be taken to court.
Soon after police vehicles went
into convoy formation to leave the
station and Selby was loaded into a
black heavily tinted (PCT) SUV. The
convoy left the station at 7. 30 pm
with no sirens on and headed north.
Minutes later they were at Belmont
Police Stations where police vehicles
blocked the road. But the convoy left
very soon after arriving, sirens blaring
and heading west.
A source at Belmont Police Station
indicated they didn t want Selby
there and had asked for him to be
sent elsewhere. The T&T Guardian
learned Selby was eventually taken
to St James Police Station.
Following last Friday s jailbreak,
National Security Minister Carl
Alfonso had called on fugitives Selby
and Atwell to "make things easy on
themselves and give up as it could
turn out to be quite unpleasant."
Alfonso had also urged the families
of both to, in turn, urge the men to
give themselves up as "failure to do
so, means the law enforcement per-
sonnel will find them and that could
turn out to be quite unpleasant," he d
Lawyer: Selby says he's been deemed a cop killer
National Security Minister Brigadier Carl Alfonso, left, embraces
former national security minister Brigadier John Sandy during
the T&T Regiment 53rd anniversary church service at the Holy
Trinity Cathedral, Abercromby Street, Port-of-Spain yesterday.
PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
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