A 19-year-old is shot and killed by police this morning. The victim is identified as Akiel Thomas also known as Alkaline. According to police at around 6:40 am officers from Port of Spain CID and the interagency task force were conducting an exercise and upon reaching hell yard Beetham Gardens they noticed Thomas with a firearm, police tell CNC3 news that they called out the teen who then pointed the firearm at the officers. He did not open fire but officers shot at the 19-year-old who was hit in the chest. He was taken to hospital where he died.
A “mystery” iron barricade has been erected across the public road at HellYard, Beetham Gardens, and senior police officers have seemingly reached a dead end in finding out who is responsible for constructing it.
Once the person responsible is located,he or she will have to give answers,Snr Supt of the Port-of-Spain Division,McDonald Jacob, said yesterday. When the T&T Guardian went into the area yesterday, the barricade, painted in black and white, was fixed across the road, which is located north of HellYard and parallel with the Priority BusRoute.
Two police officers have been shot in an area called Hell Yard in the Beetham.
The shootings occurred around 7.20 Thursday evening.
Police say the officers were on an exercise when the shooting occurred.
A male officer identified only as Moreno was shot in his head while a female officer identified as WPC George has been shot in her foot.