Police Service criticizes some media reporting on police officer's murder

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 00:00

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service is taking issue with the reporting by some sections of the media, on the shooting death of police officer PC Ramanarine in Aranguez yesterday.

The TTPS issued a statement this afternoon saying that speculative reporting is causing untold hurt and pain to the family.

The following is the TTPS media statement:

"Trinidad and Tobago Police Service views as highly irresponsible speculation by some sections of the media that suggest an alleged police involvement in the shooting death of fellow officer, 19603 PC Russell Ramnarine.

The media reports claim PC Ramnarine may have been killed because he was a witness in a criminal matter involving other officers.

Such reckless reporting has not only caused emotional distress among the ranks of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, but has also resulted in untold pain and hurt to the family and loved ones of the slain officer.

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service asserts that there is no evidence whatsoever to support the un-founded speculation and urges the media to be more responsible in its reporting of the case.

PC Ramnarine, 24, and Avery Keshwar, 22, of College Road, St Augustine, were both gunned down on Monday 14th December, 2015, at Aranguez Road, Aranguez, after they had gone to the area to recover a cell phone that had been reported stolen.

Reports are that PC Ramnarine along with a uniformed officer of the St Joseph Police Crime Patrol accompanied the victim in an unmarked vehicle to Aranguez to meet the suspect to retrieve the cell phone among other items.

When the suspect observed the uniformed officer seated in the vehicle, he took off on foot causing PC Ramnarine along with the other officer to give chase along Williams Street, Aranguez.

Whilst the uniformed officer continued to give chase on foot, PC Ramnarine; who was in plainclothes, returned to the vehicle in which Avery was still seated, at which point, they were fired upon. Both men died at the scene.

Four persons, including a woman, remain in police custody and are being questioned in connection with the killing of PC Ramnarine and Avery Keshwar.

A firearm was also recovered at the scene."