Top Cop: police officers shot at every six days


    Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has acknowledged an increase in the number of police-involved shootings.

    He assured however that every one will be investigated by the TTPS and the Police Complaints Authority to determine if the minimum use of force was used.

    According to the Top Cop, during the last two years, there were 131 incidents where police officers were shot at, with six officers wounded.

    This includes an incident yesterday in which two officers were injured by gunfire as they executed a search warrant at a house on John Street, Chaguanas.

    Police returned fire, killing Joel Ramsundar, an active member of the Prisons Service, and Aleandro Gomez, a Venezuela national.

    Commissioner Griffith says the stats work out to one police officer being shot at every six days.

    He added that yesterday’s incident underscores the danger in the line of duty, as criminals are not hesitating to shoot at officers:

    “It is obvious that when these persons shoot at the police, we will return fire. And because we are more highly trained, there is always the likelihood that some of these persons will be killed. If there is an increase in shootings at the police, it is very possible that more persons will be shot.”