Two police officers were injured this week while on duty, with one officer being wounded while in pursuit of a suspect, and the other getting injured in a vehicular accident.
The first incident occurred at about 1:30 am on Tuesday 2 March 2021. It involves a police officer reportedly being shot while pursuing a suspect off the Caroni Savannah Road, Caroni.
Guardian Media understands that officers of the Chaguanas Police Station and the Chaguanas Municipal Police had intercepted a vehicle that was occupied by five men. A search was being conducted off the roadway for another suspect.
One of the officers entered the bushy area off the roadway and was shot in the right foot.
He raised an alarm and was taken for medical treatment.
The officer, a corporal, currently is warded at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex.
The other incident took place at about 7:45 pm on Wednesday 3 March 2021.
Reports are that PC Gomez, who is assigned to the TTPS Canine Branch in Caroni, parked an unmarked police vehicle on the compound of the K-9 Section located at Cumuto Barracks, Cumuto. He reportedly placed the manual gearshift on neutral and pulled the hand brakes into an upright position.
However, when the officer moved his feet off the pedals to exit the vehicle, it began to reverse causing Gomez to fall backwards, and out of the vehicle, with his left foot stuck between the pedals. It resulted in him being dragged for some 30 feet.
The vehicle then struck a marked police vehicle, which was parked against a wall, and stopped.
Gomez received injuries to the upper left arm, lower back, left ankle and right elbow.
The driver’s door, as well as the left rear taillight, fender, rear bumper, and tailgate of the unmarked vehicle were damaged. The marked police vehicle sustained damage to the bonnet, while the wall of the Cumuto Barracks Compound also was damaged.
PC Gomez received medical treatment at the Sangre Grande District Hospital. He is said to be resting and recovering from his injuries at home.