Ian Alleyne with police officers at the shooting scene. The video was captured by his cameraman.

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has launched an investigation into how Crime Watch host Ian Alleyne was allowed to stand alongside police officers who were in a standoff with a man they ended up shooting dead in Chaguanas this afternoon.

Alleyne, who also appeared to have a gun in hand, stood near three uniformed officers while a fourth tried to reason with the suspect outside a house at Biljaj Road, Chaguanas on Friday evening.

The suspect, identified as Keone Paryag, was allegedly holding hostage Dana Alleyne, the sister of Ian Alleyne.

Griffith told the Express that he has launched a probe to determine how Ian Alleyne, a civilian, was allowed to be alongside the officers in a hostile situation.

He said he would be meeting with the police officers involved and the probe would be conducted by the Professional Standards Bureau.

What happened:

Dana Alleyne, the sister of Crime Watch host Ian Alleyne, was held hostage by a man who demanded a one-on-one meeting with her brother this evening,

The standoff ended with police shooting the man during a volley of gunfire.

Shortly before nightfall, police responded to a report of a disturbance at an apartment at Biljah Road, Chaguanas.

This after neighbours reported gunshots.

At least four officers along with Ian Alleyne were seen trying to reason with the man who shouted “Ian, me and you alone. Everybody back off!”.

It’s unclear what happened next but a man is heard saying ‘drop it please, I begging you’ before shots were fired and the suspect hit. He was taken into custody and carried off to the hospital.

A traumatised Dana Alleyne was led from the scene by her brother who also appeared to be carrying a gun. She could be heard asking “they shoot him?”

Senior Superintendent Wayne Mystar said the suspect was shot when he raised his gun to fire on officers.

It is being reported that the suspect may have been high on narcotics.


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The demand is made in a legal letter to Young and co­pied to Health Mini­ster Terrence Deyal­singh on behalf of 74-year-old pensioner Radhikar Ramoutar, who has been stranded in Canada since March 2020.

The former Petrotrin refinery is on the market again.

For the second time in three months, the Government has rejec­ted an offer by Patriotic Energies and Technologies, the company owned by the Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU), to acquire the Pointe-a-Pierre based refinery.

It follows 14 months of negotiations between both parties, with the liens (debt) of the assets being the sticking point.

THE board of the North Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA) met in emergency session on the “insistence” of the Health Minister on Monday afternoon and ordered an immediate audit of all outpatient clinic appointments.

The action comes on the heels of a Sunday Express expose which revealed a barrage of patient complaints over long delays for appointments and treatments and serious shortcomings in the primary health care system.

We were misled.

That was the position advanced by Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU) president general Ancel Roget yesterday following a decision taken by Cabinet to reject the bid by the OWTU-owned Patriotic Energies and Technologies Ltd for the acquisition of the former Petrotrin refinery assets.

It’s hardly the grand entrance Joe Biden might have dreamed of. The US president-elect arrived in the nation’s capital yesterday, ready to assume power as the nation reels from the coronavirus pandemic, soaring unemployment and grave concerns about more violence as he prepares to take the oath of office.