A 57-year-old farmer who was confronted by bandits while in his garden in Wallerfield, was shot and wounded when he attempted to save his wife.

According to a police report, at about 12 pm on Tuesday December 28th, the farmer was at his garden off Mexico Road, when he was confronted by three armed and masked men who announced a hold up.

The men attempted to take the farmer into his home but while on the way there, he allegedly called out to his wife and told her to run for safety.

The men began to assault the farmer, who managed to free himself and attempted to run away but was shot in his left leg.  The three bandits reportedly ran away as the farmer collapsed to the ground.

The police were notified of the incident and a team of officers, led by Sgt Ammon, responded.

The farmer was moved subsequently to the Arima Hospital where he was treated. 

Cpl Ramcharan is investigating.