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.


‘I’M fed up.”

These three short words sum up the emotion of patients seeking outpatient services at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope, while their appointments keep getting pushed back over and over again.

While Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh has showered praises on the parallel healthcare system established due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the primary healthcare system is suffering.

Despite reports from Nor­way of a number of elderly people dying after receiving the Covid-19 vaccine, Chief Medical Officer Dr Roshan Parasram says the vaccine is still recommended for the elderly popula­tion as they are the ones most at risk.

Parasram, who was speaking du­ring yesterday’s Covid-19 virtual media briefing, said it is still too early to make any determination regarding the “Norway incident” as investigations are ongoing.

An elderly man and his 47-year-old son were tied up and executed at their home in Freeport.

Their decomposing bodies were found in separate rooms at the family’s La Jobas Road, Chickland Village, home yesterday.

The men were identified as Mohaid Hosein, 71, and his son, Navie Hosein.

A local security company took the State to court in 2019 for breach of a US$21.8 million contract to build a hangar in Cumuto to store five helicopters, but lost and has appealed.

Two sub-contractors are to be compensated, however.

The former government had agreed to buy the helicopters in 2014 but did not make the downpayment and the deal fell through with Bell Helicopter of Texas, USA.

Bell is one of the largest suppliers of military helicopters to the United States Army.

Saying Covid-19 restrictions would not prevent them from defending the working class, Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) president Ancel Roget led a motorcade from San Fernando to Port of Spain yesterday morning.

JTUM members are calling for a meeting with Government on allegations that workers are being victimised by employers who are citing a fall in economic activity due to the Covid-19 pandemic.