POLICE killed a robbery suspect during a shootout in Princes Town on Monday. Officers seized guns and ammunition during the incident.
A police release stated that at around 9.10 am, two suspects wearing face coverings held up the owner of a jewellery store on Cacique Street. They smashed a glass case with a hammer causing an alarm to be triggered. Officers under Sgt Mohammed of the Princes Town CID responded and chased the suspects who fled without taking any items.
The suspects initially escaped in a silver AD Wagon driven by another man, however the vehicle was later intercepted by police in an area at Gajadhar Lands, where the suspects abandoned the car and ran off.
Officers searched the area and confronted two suspects hiding in bushes off Lothians Branch Road. It was at this point that one of the suspects shot at the officers who returned fire, hitting one while the other suspect managed to escape. The injured suspect was taken to the Princes Town District Hospital where he was treated but later died. He is yet to be identified.
Officers found a .38 revolver with one 'live' round of ammunition. No spent casings were found at the scene of the shooting. After searching the AD wagon, officers found a loaded Glock 17 pistol with a magazine which contained 17 rounds of nine-millimetre ammunition. Investigations are continuing.