Three people were killed and six others, including a police officer, were wounded during a shootout between Western Division officers and residents of Big Yard in Carenage this evening, police have confirmed in a statement.
Residents say a teenage girl and the godson of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley are among the dead.
The TTPS said in a statement that officers on patrol in Carenage were attempting to arrest a suspect when a man opened fire on the officers.
Police and a group of residents traded gunfire shortly before 8 p.m. The 14-year-old girl was said to be walking along the street when she was hit by a stray bullet
Residents say the exchange of bullets sounded like "fireworks." There are already calls from residents for Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith to thoroughly investigate the actions of officers.
Read statement by police below.
"Police officers and members of the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force (TTDF) are maintaining a heavy presence in the Carenage District tonight.
This follows a police-involved shooting incident, which left six persons, including a police officer injured.
At around 7:30pm on Friday 3rd May, 2019, police officers of the Western Division were conducting enquiries in Carenage, when they had cause to interact with a group of persons gathered on the street.
In attempting to arrest a suspect, one of the men drew a firearm and shot a police officer.
The officer returned fire, striking the shooter.
An exchange of gunfire resulted in three persons being fatally wounded.The injured police officer is currently being treated.
ACP Jayson Forde, along with Snr. Supt. Pragg, Insp. Vincent and other officers from Western Division, along with support from the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF), Guard and Emergency Branch (GEB), Emergency Response Patrol (ERP) and the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force (TTDF)
responded and continue to maintain law and order.
Investigations remain active.
Corporate Communications Unit"