PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad– A police gun battle Monday which left a 25-year-old man dead lead to civil protests by East Port of Spain residents who burned debris and blocked major roads which leading into the capital. But by midday, lawmen said they brought the situation under control.
The disturbances were prompted by what the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) described in a statement this morning as a “police involved shooting incident” around 3:45 a.m.in which 25-year-old Akile ‘Christmas’ James was killed.
According to police, members of the Inter-Agency Task Force attempted to execute a search warrant for firearms and ammunition on premises located at Calvary Hill, when they were fired upon by the occupant of the house, James.
“There was a return of gunfire and the suspect was struck,” the statement said, adding that the young man was taken to the Port of Spain General Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 4:20 am. “A Glock 45 pistol and seven rounds of ammunition were recovered at the scene.”
Police and army personnel had to go into action from around 6 a.m., to quell the disturbances that ensued, and to remove debris that had been strewn across several streets.