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BULLETS WORRY WEST

TTPS-issued ammo at murder scene

Director of the Police Complaints Authority David West. FILE PHOTO
Director of the Police Complaints Authority David West. FILE PHOTO

POLICE Complaints Authority (PCA) director David West yesterday described as serious the discovery of ammunition, belonging to the TT Police Service, on two suspects last Sunday and another discovery of TTPS ammunition in the body of a murder victim.

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has ordered an investigation in both matters. West said, “The PCA is monitoring the incidents where TTPS ammunition were found, including the shooting death of Garvey Campo. We are monitoring these investigations.”

West said he was hoping investigators fast-track the investigation. Yesterday, a Special Branch source said an audit was taking place to ensure that all ammunition are accounted for.

Last Sunday at Arima Old Road, Arima police stopped a vehicle which contained two men in their 20s. The Northern Division Task Force officers led by Sgt Ishmael Pitt found a Glock semi-automatic pistol with an extended magazine in which were 23 rounds of ammunition all with the markings "TTPS" stamped on them.

The suspects have refused to say from where they got the ammunition. In the second incident, on Monday at 11 pm, police responded to a report of gunshots being fired at River Road in Windy Hill, Arouca. The officers later met residents who showed them a house where a Toyota Hilux was parked to the front.

When the officers entered the house, they found 38-year-old Garvey Campo on the floor bleeding from gunshot wounds to his stomach and neck. He was taken to hospital but subsequently died while receiving treatment.

At the scene, the police recovered 12 spent shells all of which had "TTPS" stamped on them. Campo was originally of Jargon Village in Santa Cruz but had moved to Windy Hill.

Ballistics tests were supposed to have been carried out to show if the slugs retrieved from Campo's body matched the spent bullet casings found in the house where he had been shot and which all had the "TTPS" markings. TTPS Social and Welfare Association president Insp Michael Seales had said in earlier media report that the finds were troubling.

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