Franklyn De Freitas and the bullet riddled car.

Two men were killed in a shoot-out with an off-duty police officer last night.

A third suspect is in police custody.

The Express was told that at about 7pm, a 33-year-old police constable was walking along the Lady Chancellor Road, with his girlfriend, when they saw three men in a gold Nissan Almera looking at them.

One of the men got out with a gun and fired on the officer.

The officer fired back at the suspect who was standing near the car. The suspect was wounded.

The two other men ran.

The injured man was taken to the Port of Spain General Hospital, where he died.

He has been identified as Franklyn De Freitas of Richplain Road, Diego Martin.

Wednesday was his 25th birthday.

Task Force officers, under the supervisions of ASP Bhagwandeen, and Inspector Yearwood, searched the area.

While this was being done, a man who matched the description of one of the suspects reported to the Hospital seeking treatment for gunshot wounds.

He is now under police guard.

The third suspect was found dead this morning in a busy area off Lady Chancellor by officers of the Port of Spain Task Force.


Attorneys are demanding that National Security Minister Stuart Young immediately remove his “arbitrary, illegal and unlawful poli­cy regarding entry to citizens into their beloved homeland, Trinidad and Tobago”.

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.