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More cops relieved of firearms

 
 
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BY GEISHA KOWLESSAR

For the second time in a month, firearms have been seized from officers belonging to a police unit operating in Port-of-Spain.

Police sources said yesterday that three firearms—a shotgun, a pistol and a revolver—were seized.

Seizure of the weapons resulted from the shooting deaths of Ashim “Two Son” John—brother of Thor John, killed last year by police—and 22-year-old Chad Jones on February 20.

The conduct of certain officers assigned to the Repeat Offenders Programme (ROP) is being called into question in this probe.

Acting Deputy Police Commissioner in charge of Anti-Crime Operations, Gilbert Reyes, confirmed yesterday the investigation.

Reyes said the probe was headed by ASP Glen Hackett.

Reyes said the seized guns were expected to be sent to the Special Anti-Crime Unit (Sautt) and then to the Forensic Science Centre, in St James, for testing.

This investigation came on the heels of an earlier probe launched on February 5, one day after 17-year-old Nosikee Daly was reportedly killed in a shoot-out with police, mere metres away from his St Barb’s home in Upper Laventille.

The teenager’s brother Oswald, who was also injured in the shooting, was discharged from hospital.

Since that shooting, 11 firearms were seized from officers of the Port-of-Spain Division Task Force.

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