TWO men were killed and two weapons and ammunition seized during a police-led exercise in Moruga on Sunday morning.
The men were later identified as “Phillip” and “Crabby” from St Margaret’s, and the other Dion Jarvis, aka “Pot” of La Ruffin, Moruga.
Police reported that around 6.55 am, a party of officers from various sections of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) and the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF) were on exercise duty in a forested area approximately two-and-a-half miles east of the La Retreat Beach, Moruga, when they came upon a camp.
The party observed two men in the camp and announced their presence. It was reported that the men on seeing the police, pointed objects resembling firearms in their direction. The officers became fearful for their lives and in keeping with the use of force policy, the Multi Operations Police Section (MOPS) team discharged their firearms and later observed both men lying motionless on the ground.
The officers found one pump action shotgun loaded with four rounds of 12 gauge cartridges, another 12 gauge shotgun and a bag containing 22 rounds of 12 gauge cartridges near the deceased men.
With the assistance of a fisherman and his boat, the party and the deceased men were extracted to land safely.
The District Medical Officer Dr Rajnarinesingh, viewed the bodies and made a pronouncement and ordered them to be taken to the Forensic Science Centre in St James.