The illegal firearm and ammunition seized by the officers of the Northern Division Task Force, during the anti-crime exercise in Tunapuna, on Friday 17 July 2020. (Image: TTPS)

Two persons were arrested for possession of a firearm and ammunition during an anti-crime exercise conducted by officers of the Northern Division Task Force, on Friday 17th July 2020, in Tunapuna.

According to official police reports, whilst on mobile patrol, the officers received information that individuals were at the Tunapuna Public Cemetery attending the burial service of a woman, and that some of those individuals were armed and preparing to leave in a silver Mazda motor vehicle.

Shortly afterwards, a vehicle fitting that description was seen along Bharath Street, Tunapuna. An attempt was made by the police to intercept the vehicle which failed to stop. A chase ensued which ended when the Silver Mazda crashed into a drain along Cumberbatch Lane, Tunapuna.

An exchange of gunfire ensued and the driver of the silver Mazda—a 26-year-old man of Lovell Lane, Tunapuna—received gunshot wounds to his right foot. The two other occupants of the vehicle were arrested—an 18-year-old and a 21-year-old, also of Lovell Lane in Tunapuna. Police also found and seized a point-38 Revolver with four spent shells and one live round.

The injured man was conveyed to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Centre for treatment and warded. The other occupants were arrested and are in police custody.

ASP Gloden is continuing investigations.