Policeman found dead, suicide suspected

POLICE were on Sunday investigating what they believe to be a case of suicide, after a policeman was found dead at a house in Trincity with a gunshot wound to his head.

Senior police officers, when contacted, were hesitant to reveal information but Newsday was told that at around 12.50 pm on Sunday, Arouca police and members of the Northern Division Task Force responded to a report of a single gunshot being heard at a house.

When the police went to 3rd Street East, Delamarre Avenue in Trincity, officers saw Acting Inspector Ronald John, 54, of Waterman Road, Belmont dead on his stomach with a bullet wound to his head. Police sources said a firearm was found near the body.

The district medical officer was summoned and later ordered the body removed to the Forensic Science Centre in St James where an autopsy will be done on Monday. Police sources refused to say whether or not the firearm found near John's body, which was seized by investigators, was a TTPS-issued weapon.

Police were up to press time in the process of interviewing relatives of John. There were no signs of forced entry into the house and no signs to indicate any struggle John has with anyone leading up to his death.

Police said while they are not ruling out anything, invesitgators are looking at the case being one of a possible suicide. Ag Insp John was said to be the Inspector (Crime) at Barataria Police Station.


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