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Man shot by
cops after high
A man is now warded at the Port-of-Spain
General Hospital under police guard, after he
was shot in a shoot-out with police and soldiers
following a car theft incident on Sunday night.
The man, police said, was shot after he allegedly
pointed a gun at two regiment officers and a police
officer following a high speed chase, which ended
around 9 pm when the bandit crashed the stolen car
near Peake's Gas Station, Cocorite.
The officers fired at the man, hitting and injuring
him. He was later taken to the Port-of-Spain General
Hospital where he remained last night.
Police said the man had earlier allegedly stolen a
gold-coloured Nissan Tiida at the Valpark Shopping
The vehicle was later spotted by Port-of-Spain
Division officers in Port-of-Spain, but when the
driver spotted them he sped off. The officers pur-
sued the vehicle along the Audrey Jeffers Highway
and the driver eventually crashed into a silver Toyota
Corolla near the gas station.
The incident caused major traffic heading into
west Trinidad, with two-lane traffic being filtered
through the gas station back onto the highway. The
stolen vehicle was wrecked, police said.
JENSEN LA VENDE
Officers from the Child Protection
Unit and the Malabar Police Station
were up to yesterday interviewing five
children and their guardians, following
the death of a child in a house fire on
The adults, the children's mother Abigaile
Mota and stepfather Terrance Wilson, were
both not at home when the fire took place
around 1 pm.
Police said yesterday that some of the in-
formation was "not adding up" and they
wanted to speak to the children and adults
again. The children were initially questioned
and put in the care of other relatives on Sun-
day night, as both their mother and stepfa-
ther were kept in police custody.
Three-year-old Tyran Garcia died as a
result of smoke inhalation according to the
autopsy report. At the time of the fire, the
child, along with her four siblings, were in
the care of a 14-year-old.
Speaking with the T&T Guardian on Sun-
day night, the child's father, Terron Garcia,
said he had begged for his only child to live
with him in Maloney but was denied.
"What I want to know is why my child?
She never asked to be born. I know some-
thing like this would have happened ... I tell
police I will take my child, but they told me
that would be kidnapping and I could get
lock up and is better I face the court, but look
what go on now," Garcia said, adding the
last time he saw his child was a month ago.
The 14-year-old told police she was alert-
ed to the fire by her eight-year-old sister,
who began shouting that the bed was on fire.
She added that she took all the children out
the house, which does not have electricity,
and returned to try to put out the blaze.
"I went back in with a bucket to out the
blaze and the fire blow up in my face and it
had real smoke so I pass through the back.
That's when I start to hear Tyran screaming
out my name, but I couldn't do anything. I
couldn't go back inside," the teen said.
Little Tyran, who attended Precious
Lambs Kindergarten in Maloney, was
found behind a space saver in the living
room, where fire officials believed she ran
to avoid the flames.
According to fire officials, the blaze start-
ed around 1.30 pm in the upper part of the
two-storey building at Herman Gerard Av-
enue, Malabar. Fire officials who returned
to the site yesterday did not give a cause
for the blaze.
Both the mother and stepfather yester-
day accepted an offer for counselling for
the family. The offer was made by socially
conscious group ReThink.
A deportee who went into hiding in Valencia
after being robbed some time ago, died at hos-
pital after being shot by an unknown gunman
on Sunday night.
Adrian Julius, 23, of Malabar, succumbed to gunshot
injuries while being prepared for emergency surgery
at Sangre Grande hospital.
Police reports revealed that around 8 pm on Sunday,
Julius was walking along Clarence Trace, Valencia,
when he was ambushed by a gunman and fired upon.
Julius attempted to run but collapsed a short distance
PCs Lenny, Stewart, Sookdeo, Joseph and Glasgow,
of the Valencia Police Station, responded to the shoot-
ing. On arrival the officers found Julius unconscious
with gunshot wounds to the chest but still alive. They
placed him in a police vehicle and took him to the
Sangre Grande District Hospital.
Julius, who was shot twice, died as doctors were
preparing him for emergency surgery.
Police said Julius was well known to them and had
left Malabar and gone into hiding in Valencia after be-
ing threatened by men who had reportedly robbed him.
The shooting and killing of Julius brings the number
of people killed for the year to 146.
Officers attached to Arouca Homicide Region II
are continuing investigations.
Police and fire officials are not ruling
out arson in another fire at the ANSA
McAL building along Independence
Square, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.
The building, which also caught afire on
February 22, was again hit by fire around
3.05 pm yesterday.
Onlookers gathered along the Brian Lara
Promenade taking pictures and video re-
cordings of the blaze, while some joked
that the building, which once housed the
Ministry of Social Development and Fam-
ily Services, was being torched to collect
insurance money since the first fire did
not warrant an insurance payout.
Fire officials believe there may have been
an accelerant used, as after the blaze was
under control it flared up again without
reason. Officials are expected to return to
the building today to walk through and
determine a cause of the fire.
Following the first fire on February 22,
the ministry was able to retrieve all of
its assets and staff personal items from
the building and officially vacated it by
An view from Lady Young Road lookout of the fire at the former Ministry of Social Development and Family Services offices along
Independence Square, Port-of-Spain, yesterday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Fire hits old ministry
office in PoS again
No cause yet for fire which killed toddler
Parents still in custody
Three-year-old Tyran Garcia died in a fire at
her home in Malabar, Arima.
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