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Police shot and killed two men within
the space of three hours yesterday.
In the most recent killing, Joel Apparicio,
a 31-year-old father of one was killed while
on his way to make a report at the San
Juan Police Station.
Reports state that Apparicio, of Barataria,
who also had an address at Bon Air West,
Arouca, was running north along Real Street
around 11.30 am when he was shot.
A self-employed businessman, Apparicio
had been accused of paedophilia, his mother
Wendy told onlookers moments after her
son was killed. She added that after being
informed of the accusation her son was on
his way to the police station.
Eyewitnesses said as Apparicio ran past
a nearby jewelry shop, where an officer had
stopped to buy a battery for her watch, a
male officer who was in a black Nissan X-
trail drove behind Apparicio and without
warning shot him.
Apparicio fell on the sidewalk and died.
The officer who shot Apparicio is alleged
to have said the deceased was not the man
he thought he was and returned to his vehi-
cle where he called his colleagues.
The man s mother, who was trailing
behind and saw the killing, emptied her
son s pockets in full view of onlookers to
prove he had nothing illegal on him.
"The man was running along the road
next thing I hear pop , a gun went off and
the man fall on the ground, then I see the
You (the officer) is a trained man, you
supposed to ask a question, the man never
had nothing on him. I saw him running up
the road," one man said.
"I not taking that. It s too much, it s too
much man. I want to watch that man in
his eye," a female relative screamed as
Apparicio s mother shouted at the man who
claimed her son s life, saying: "That is him."
Wendy, a pastor at the Jesus Elam Church,
Barataria, was heard screaming out for her
son as onlookers grumbled among them-
selves that "them police too wicked!" Others
asked why police weren t killing the "real
As the crowd spoke ill of the lawmen,
one officer was heard saying that none of
the onlookers was mentioning that prior to
Apparicio running up the street there was
a robbery. That, however, could not be ver-
ified by police when the T&T Guardian
Apparicio was the eighth man to have
been killed by a police bullet this year.
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I killed wrong man
Mother of Joel Apparicio, right, hugs her brother Quinton Charles as her sister, Lauren
Charles, sits on the road after Joel (inset) was shot by police yesterday. PHOTO: SHIRLEY
In the second killing three hours prior, officers
of the North Eastern Division Task Force shot
and killed a 27-year-old Laventille man they said
was wanted in connection with attempted murder,
shooting with intent, robbery and trafficking
cocaine in the division.
He was identified as Jerome "Box" Cross, who
was at a house along Laventille Road, Laventille,
in an area known as Shadow Hill.
According to police reports, around 8.30 am Cpl
Sunil Bharath, under the supervision of Inspector
Roger Alexander and Sgt Cornelius Samuel, went
to area to execute a search warrant. When the offi-
cers entered the home they were allegedly con-
fronted by Cross, who pulled out a gun and shot
at them. The officers returned fire and Cross was
shot about the body.
He was taken to the Eric Williams Medical Sci-
ences Complex, Mt Hope, but was pronounced
dead on arrival. The officers recovered a .38 revolver
with three rounds of ammunition and a quantity
of marijuana at the back of the house.
In another unrelated matter, Police Constable
Cyril was last night in a critical condition at the
Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex after being
shot in chest and legs during an attempted robbery
in San Juan on Wednesday night.
According to police reports, Cyril, who is attached
to the Praedial Larceny Squad, was in the driver s
seat of a police vehicle which was parked along
Ryan Street at the time of the incident.
Cyril and a female officer were reportedly speak-
ing when they were approached by two men. One
of the men pulled out a gun, pointed it at the
policeman and demanded that he hand over all his
Cyril put up some resistance and was shot. After
the shooting, the shooter s accomplice fled the
scene before the shooter also escaped. Police say
arrests are imminent.
People killed by police this year
• Adrian Charles: March 18.
• Naim Dean: April 11.
• Chandrabhose Samaroo: May 6.
• Anthony Amogan: May 9.
• Nigel Long: May 13.
• Antonio Swan: May 14.
• Jerome Cross: May 22.
• Joel Apparicio: May 22
killed in Laventille
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