Pepper spray used by police to arrest eight in POS


    Police used pepper spray on Friday night during a confrontation in Port of Spain that ended with the arrest of eight persons.

    Around midnight, officers saw a group of persons gathered in the vicinity of Queen and Nelson Streets in Port of Spain drinking alcohol.

    The group was informed of the breaches to the Public Health Regulations, which led to the persons becoming irate and using obscene language against the officers.

    One woman was arrested first, but the TTPS says the rest began throwing objects and missiles in the direction of the officers.

    The officers called for assistance, and a party of officers led by Sgt. Alexander responded and used pepper spray to effect more arrests.

    Seven men, all from POS, were held and are expected to be charged with various offences.

    During the incident, several loud explosions were heard, and officers observed a man on the rooftop of a nearby building holding a firearm and shooting into the air.

    They chased the gunman but he escaped.