Love triangle battle at Grand Bazaar …”SERGEANT V CORPORAL IN SHOOTOUT”

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Two police officers are nursing gunshot injuries after they were engaged in a shootout at Grand Bazzar on Wednesday night.

What was the cause? The sergeant accused the corporal of taking away his wife and house.

The scene was reminiscent of the shootout at the OK Coral. When the shooting stopped, both officers were seriously wounded and had to be taken to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mount Hope. The wife survived the shooting.

According to a police report, the sergeant had followed the corporal and his wife to Ruby Tuesday Restaurant, Grand Bazaar.

The couple entered the restaurant at around 9.30 pm and stayed five minutes before returning to the ground floor.

The corporal and the woman were exiting the building when the sergeant said,“You make me loss my wife and my house and I ain’t taking that tonight”

The sergeant who is attached to Central Division, then pulled out a firearm and pointed it in the direction of the couple.

The corporal, who is attached to the Inter-Agency Task Force, also drew his service revolver and there was an exchange of gunfire.

Security guards at the restaurant pulled the woman out of danger.

Police said the two policemen began running through the mall car park firing shots at each other, before both collapsed from gunshot wounds. A report was made to the police who swarmed Grand Bazaar within minutes.

Crime Scene officers recovered 28 spent 9 mm shells, one projectile, a pair of slippers, a pair of sunglasses and they also took swabs of a blood from across the car park.

Police also seized two pistols, three magazines and twelve rounds of 9 mm ammunition.

Investigations revealed that the incident stemmed from a love triangle.

Acting Police Commissioner, Stephen Williams, has ordered an investigation into the incident.

The Professional Standards Bureau is in charge of this investigation.

It was only on Wednesday that a policeman appeared in court charged with wounding a female colleague inside the San Juan Police Station.

PC Terry Bernard, 44, appeared before a Port of Spain Magistrate charged with maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm on Corporal Roxanne Sealey last September.

On Tuesday night, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard, SC, advised that Bernard be charged for the offence following months of investigations by officers of the Professional Standards Bureau.

Bernard, an officer for the past 15 years, stood before Senior Magistrate Nanette Forde-John in the Fifth Court. He was charged with committing the criminal offence on September 26, while both he and Sealey were on duty at station.

After the reading of the charge, Bernard was not called upon to plead as it was laid indictably. He was represented by defence attorney Roland Daniel, who asked for disclosure of the State’s evidential documents. One witness statement was disclosed during the hearing.

The court’s police prosecutor said the other documents would be handed over to the defence as soon the prosecution was able to do so. She said she had the opportunity to speak with the officer who laid the charge and was informed that the State would be relying on the testimony of nine witnesses. Given the amount of witnesses, the prosecutor said the matter may proceed by way of paper committal.

Sealey was shot once to the abdomen while in the changing room of the station. She was taken to the Mt Hope Hospital and remained warded for several weeks during which she underwent a series of surgeries. She has since been discharged but still remains on medical leave.

Bernard will next appear in court on July 6.

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