A second prison officer has been killed in four days, this time in Siparia.

The officer has been identified as Nigel Jones, of Los Bajos, Santa Flora. Jones was last assigned to the Wayne Jackson Building at the Maximum Security Building in Arouca.

According to preliminary reports, Jones was at the Fyzabad taxi stand in Siparia stand when he was ambushed and shot dead. Just last Friday, Jones’ colleague, Prisons Officer II Trevor Serrette, was killed in Valencia. In that incident, at about 1.30 pm, Serrette was conducting business at his fruit and vegetable stall when a gunman ambushed him and fatally shot him.

Serrette was also last assigned to the Wayne Jackson Building and was described as a “very straightforward, no-nonsense officer.”Jones is the fifth officer from the Maximum Security Prisons to be killed within a five-year period and the 27th officer to be murdered over the past 30 years.

Prison sources told Guardian Media that it is believed that threats to kill prison officers from a high-profile prisoner housed at the Wayne Jackson Building are currently being carried out. Officials in the T&T Prison Service are conducting investigations accordingly.

Reporter: Rhondor Dowlat