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Three bystanders were injured on Satur-
day when brazen gunmen opened fire on a
police patrol in East Port-of-Spain.
This was the second confrontation police
had with gunmen over three days, in the
known crime hotspot.
Police said on Saturday, three officers
attached to the Inter-Agency Task Force, were
on mobile patrol, at Block Eight, John John,
when they parked at the side of the road.
Investigators said, without warning the
officers were fired upon from gunmen stand-
ing on a hill above.
Three people, including an eight-year-old
boy, who were standing nearby received gun-
shot injuries and were taken to hospital.
Police said they returned fire but the gun-
men eluded capture.
Crime Scene Unit officers recovered close
to 80 spent shells at the scene.
And on Friday, police officers on foot patrol
at Beverly Hills, Laventille were fired upon
and luckily were not injured.
Responding to the latest attack, acting
Police Commissioner Stephen Williams, in a
telephone interview yesterday reminded his
charges that they performed a "high risk"
job and vowed to provide them with all the
support to ensure their safety.
"We have experienced phases of confronta-
tion and the job is a high risk one and it is
critical for the Police Service to continue to
train and prepare them to face all the chal-
lenges that may confront them on a daily
basis. The law abiding citizens do co-operate
but we are dealing with a small percentage
involved in violent crime. And with that small
population the police officers face challenges
in those confrontation."
"Officers will receive all the support that
we can provide them to ensure their protection
and their safety.
"A lot of time the society generally may
not necessarily appreciate the extent of risks
that police expose themselves to on a daily
basis towards the protection of the general
citizenry," he said.
"When a police officer goes out, he goes
to ensure the citizens are safe and it is in that
context the employer needs to readily recognise
that policing is not just another profession.
It is an exceptional profession which requires
the type of renumeration that is necessary
to effectively reward people for putting their
lives on the line on a daily basis," he said.
Williams said he will continue to encourage
his officers to be professional "and hold firm
to their oath of an officer. They have total
support from the leadership of the organi-
Also responding to the incident was, Police
Second Division Association general secretary
Insp Michael Seales who urged members of
the service to be diligent while on patrol.
"The association shares the concern of the
commissioner there is a growing concern that
the police officers are faced with life threat-
ening risks," he said.
Seales said the association feels that training
is the cornerstone of professionalism.
"The association has always looked at the
trends occurring not in the past few weeks
but past two to three years and would have
realised that it would not have been far in
the distant future where police officers were
faced with imminent threats which occurred
this past weekend," he said.
The officers must be commended for car-
rying out their duties in the most professional
manner, Seales said.
"And the public must stand by the side of
the policeman and the Police Service. As the
policeman now is active in the defence of
himself and the public at large," he said.
"There is no time that police officers
embark on enterprises that will result on
unlawful extra judicial killings. But at this
point in time of our history of law enforce-
ment, we will see incidents such as what
transpired and many more in the future. So
the association asks that every member exer-
cise caution, diligence and the public partner
with us to eradicate the scourge we are now
facing," he said.
The shootings at the police vehicles have
occurred in the face of an aggressive anti-
crime thrust by law enforcement agencies
and government in known crime hotspots.
Contacted on what the shooting situation
augered for the national crime fight, National
Security Minister Gary Griffith said he didn t
comment on day-to-day policing incidents
until he discussed it with the Police Com-
He said the same sort of thing had been
happening for years: "It wasn t the first and
it wouldn t be the last," he added, in a brief
telephone interview yesterday.
(Additional reporting---Gail Alexander)
A motorcyclist was killed instantly early yesterday
during a collision with a car at Wallerfield, early
The dead man was identi-
fied as Roshan "D Bike Doc-
tor" Rampersad, of Moonan
Police said the motorcyclist
was killed instantly after he
collided with a car near the
intersection of the Eastern
Main Road and Antigua Road.
The accident occurred
shortly before 2 am.
Arima police said when
they responded they saw a
silver Mitsubishi Lancer motorcar facing east on the
western bound lane with the front damaged.
Police said a Suzuki motorcycle was lying on the
edge of the grass on the northern side of the road
and another motorcycle lying on the side of the road.
Rampersad s body was on the ground with his
right arm completely severed. The limb was found
a short distance away.
Acting Sgt Joseph continuing investigations. (CC)
Three civilians shot in unprovoked attack...
Police under fire
Penal fabricator dies
from head injuries
Police are awaiting the results of an autopsy
to determine whether foul play was involved in
the death of a Penal fabricator who died at hos-
pital after he found bleeding from the head.
Wayne Smart, 44, of Katwaroo Branch Trace,
succumbed to head injuries at 6.15 am, Saturday
at the San Fernando General Hospital.
According to reports, Smart s wife returned
home around 8.30 pm and found him outside
the house, and he appeared to be drunk. The
woman told police she went to sleep and woke
up two hours later to check on him.
After she could not find him in the house, she
went outside and saw him lying on the ground
with blood oozing from his head. He was taken
to hospital by a relative where he died while
Penal police, including Sgt Ramsingh, PC
Sookhoo and PC Singh along with homicide
investigator Sgt Elvin visited the home and inter-
Police said Smart was a chronic alcoholic and
it was possible that he fell and hit his head.
An autopsy is scheduled for today at the Forensic
Science Centre. PC Sookhoo is continuing
In an unrelated incident, police are continuing
investigations into the murder of a Colombian
national who was shot dead at Sangre Chiquito,
on Saturday morning.
The dead man was identified as Rafael Crespo
Heera, 64, of 1 ¼ mm Gajadhar Road, Sangre
Heera, the owner of a sheep and goat farm,
was found with multiple gunshot wounds in his
car at Gajadhar Road, shortly before 10.30 am.
Police said Heera had been residing in this
country for the past 25 years. He applied for cit-
izenship within the last year and was legally mar-
ried for the past two years.
PC Alexander of the Sangre Grande police sta-
tion is continuing investigations.
Pupils of St Dominic's RC School, Penal display placards during the annual Mercy March against child abuse hosted by Our Lady
of Perpetual Help RC Church along Independence Avenue, San Fernando yesterday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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