Two well-known robbers were killed by police early yesterday morning during an attempted robbery in Arima. The incident occurred a few hours after Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar's announcement on Sunday night of a limited state of emergency. Investigators said around 7.05 am officers of the Northern Division Task Force (NDTF) were alerted to an attempted robbery at Goodwood Racing Service, Green Street, Arima. The business place was closed at the time. Officers responded and were greeted by gunfire from three heavily-armed robbers. Police said they returned fire, wounding two of them in the process. They were taken to the Arima Medical Facility where they were pronounced dead on arrival.
An employee of the business place, who was near the shooting, also received minor injuries and was taken to hospital and treated. The other man, who acted as the getaway driver and lookout, surrendered to police. Police recovered two automatic AK-47 assault rifles and a semi-automatic 9 mm pistol.
More than 70 spent shells were recovered by crime scene investigators who said the men each carried a magazine which held 35 rounds of 7.62 ammunition. The getaway driver was arrested and up to late yesterday was assisting police with their investigations. Police also recovered a white Nissan B15, which was used by the men during the robbery. Investigating officers said the vehicle was reported stolen late Sunday night.
Arima MP, Rodger Samuel, and Arima mayor Ghassan Youseph also visited the scene shortly after the incident and offered high praise to the officers involved. Senior Supt David Abraham, Superintendent Samuel Bullen, of the Arima CID, and ASP Randolph Boyce, of the Region 2 Homicide Bureau of investigations, are continuing investigations.