A 15-year-old bandit was shot dead by police during the course of a robbery in Marabella on Thursday. But in the process, a police officer was shot and wounded and is expected to make a full recovery.
PC Anand Ram, who is attached to the Gasparillo Police Station, was shot in the abdomen during a gunfight after he confronted one of the bandits who was trying to escape. Isaac Simmons, who is just 15, was also shot dead by Ram during the incident.
According to police reports, around 4 pm, three armed bandits broke into the home of a bank manager along Moze Drive, Gopaul Lands.
They kept the woman under guard as they went through the house.
However, neighbours reportedly contacted police after seeing something suspicious. Police later responded and caught the bandits running away from the house. The officers approached the bandits and there was an exchange of gunfire.
During the shooting, Simmons and Ram were shot. Ram was taken to the San Fernando General Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. Ram survived as he was wearing a bullet proof vest.
Simmons, who lived in the nearby ‘train line’ community, died at the scene. Investigators said he was known to them, as he recently spent two days in custody in connection with a robbery. Two other suspects were arrested.
An eyewitness said when police responded to the robbery, the suspects attempted to run away from the house. Simmons ran onto Fahey Avenue and tried to hide in the bushes of an empty lot.
Officers had followed him. Simmons tried to sneak out but stumbled and fell. As the officers drew closer, he began shooting wildly and injured Ram. Other officers returned fire and Simmons was killed. One of the suspects was held at the house. The eyewitness said the young boys living along the old train line were responsible for several of the the crimes in the area, including three robberies in one week against a resident.
On Monday, SRP Richard Babwah was killed by one of two bandits who tried to rob a Chinese restaurant in Arouca. Babwah wounded one of the bandits during a shoot-out in the restaurant, but all three suspects were subsequently apprehended. Babwah’s funeral takes place on Friday morning in Arouca.
PC ANAND RAM