Anna-Lisa Paul and Bobie-Lee Dixon
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Autopsy: Police victim shot from three feet away
Naim Dean’s grandmother Janice Simon yesterday described his killing by a police officer as a cold blooded murder. She made the comment yesterday after his autopsy revealed he was shot once in the back as he tried to run from police officers on Friday in Carenage. In a telephone interview with the T&T Guardian, Simon said the family had little faith in the system and would be seeking justice by retaining a lawyer. She said they would be pursuing the matter after Dean’s funeral, which is tentatively set for the La Horquette Community Centre tomorrow.
Simon said she was informed by pathologist Dr. Valery Alexandrov that Dean was in a crouching position when he was struck by the bullet, which pierced his lungs. He was approximately three feet away, Alexandrov told them. The autopsy contradicts the police reports which stated that Dean was shot once in the chest during a scuffle with Dean. According to police reports, around 8 pm on Friday officers noticed an Audi car speeding along the Western Main Road and intercepted the vehicle. The four passengers were frisked, but Dean allegedly resisted and ran away. Police chased him down and when he was caught, Dead allegedly fought with the officer. During the fight, he allegedly pulled out a knife and stabbed the officer. He was shot once in the chest as both men fought. Dean was pronounced dead on arrival at the St James Medical Complex.