Illegal items seized by police after the shooting incident
ONE of the most wanted men in Trinidad and Tobago was killed by police on Wednesday morning.
Ralphie Roper, 46, was wanted in connection with several offences including murder woundings and other serious crimes in the Western Division.
He had 28 outstanding warrants for various offences and 12 matters pending before various courts.
The shooting incident took place at Cameron Road, Maraval during which officers of the Multi-Optional Police Section were conducting an intelligence-led exercise in Maraval in search of a suspect.
Police stated that around 6.55am, the officers were conducting a search in a forested area in the area, when they observed the suspect and attempted to apprehend him.
Upon seeing the officers, he pointed a firearm in their direction and fired at them twice. The officers in accordance with the Use of Force Policy, returned fire, hitting the suspect in the chest. He was taken to the Port-of-Spain General hospital where he died.
One silver and black Beretta pistol loaded with one round of ammunition was recovered from the scene. Officers conducted a search of a nearby makeshift tent where they found five rounds of ammunition, four 12-gauge cartridges, one cellular phone, one bulletproof vest, one army-type jacket, two pairs of camouflage trousers and a quantity of marijuana.