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A man who was described as a serial car thief was shot and killed by police on Saturday during a sting operation in Curepe.

The dead man was identified as Clint Ellis, 28, of Macanta Trace, St John’s Road, St Augustine. He was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly after being taken there by the same officers with whom he had earlier engaged in a shootout.

Police said that around 5.45 p.m. they were on patrol when they noticed Ellis lying in the back seat of a car which was driving along Sellier Street, Curepe. The police ordered the driver of the car to stop the vehicle, after which Ellis came out of the car, pointed a firearm in the direction of the officers and fled.

Police said they fired four shots at Ellis but he continued to run north onto Macau Street. While doing so, he dropped a magazine which contained seven rounds of ammunition. The officers continued to pursue Ellis who then jumped a fence and into someone’s premises, turned around and opened fire on them. Police said they shot at Ellis four more times before he collapsed. None of the officers were injured.

He was taken to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope, where he died. After the shootout, police said they recovered a .45 Magnum pistol loaded with nine rounds of ammunition which Ellis had in his possession.

Police had been searching for Ellis for quite some time as he was suspected of being responsible for robbing a number of people at gunpoint in the Northern Division of their vehicles.

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