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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 officers entered the home they were allegedly confronted 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 Sciences 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 speaking 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 valuables. 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