Two days after seven prisoners received a proper licking from prisons officers at the Port-of-Spain State Prison, a prisons officer was shot dead as he left the prison to go liming.
Prisons officer, Devendra Boodooram, 50, was shot dead in front of St Mary’s College, Frederick Street, Port-of-Spain, on Thursday.
Eyewitness said that around 5 pm, a gunman walked up to his SUV vehicle and shot him at least four times in the head.
The gunman, who was wearing a long sleeved grey jersey and short pants, ran up Frederick Street and across Oxford Street heading toward Chaford Courts. Police said the gunman came out of a vehicle that was seen near the prison moments before the shooting. Police will review CCTV footage to assist in identifying the shooter.
Following the killing, a 47-second voice note began circulating on Whatsapp warning prison officers to remain indoors and be vigilant as the criminal element said they were targeting four prisons officers by the end of Thursday.
Prisons Commissioner Gerard Wilson said his officers needed to be vigilant and the most that can be done was to put things in place and protect officers as much as possible. He added there was nothing that can be done about lawlessness.
Wilson added, “We will do what we can do, we cannot be with every officer all the time so common sense has to prevail and people need to be careful of what we are doing.”
Seven inmates received medical treatment following the beating on Tuesday. Wilson has appointed an Assistant Commissioner of Prisons to investigate the matter.
Boodooram’s wife, Asha, said her husband spoke with her minutes before his death informing her that he was going to Ladies Night Out with some co-workers.
She added, “I talk to him minutes before he leave work, he tell me he and them fellas going and make a cook and then he going Ladies Night Out. I tell him ok. So when I hear about it I said it couldn’t be him because I just spoke with him.”
Asha said her husband was the best any woman could have. He was the father of two girls, one a scholarship winner who currently attends Florida International University. He was a prisons officer for 24 years.
Asha said her husband at first tried out to be a police officer but failed and when he applied to be a prison officer he was successful.
She said the death threats made against prisons officers were not taken seriously by him as he was not on duty when the prison search took place on Tuesday where the inmates were kicked and beaten and he worked in construction.
Asha said her husband worked at the Port-of-Spain Prison for the past three years and spent many years before at Carrera Island Prison. It was while working on the island that he boasted that the inmates would fight for him.
Boodooram is the third prisons officer to be killed in the past four months.
On October 8, Richard Sandy was shot dead in a bar in south Trinidad. On October 26, Glenford Gardner was killed at Sea Trace, Bagatelle, Diego Martin.
FREDERICK STREET LOCKED DOWN
Devendra Boodooram lay dead inside his vehicle