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A suspect in an attempted robbery was fatally wounded after shooting at police officers in Princes Town on Monday.

Around 9:10 am yesterday, a proprietor of a jewellery store at Cacique Street, Princes Town, was conducting sales, when she was approached by two suspects wearing face coverings, who announced a hold up and proceeded to smash a glass case with a hammer.

An alarm was raised and the suspects fled on foot without taking any items.

A party of police officers under Sgt Mohammed of the Princes Town CID, responded quickly and chased the suspects who were fleeing along Bonanza Street.

The two suspects boarded a silver AD Wagon driven by another man and escaped.

However, a broadcast was sent and the vehicle was later intercepted in a bushy area at Gajadhar Lands, where the occupants abandoned the vehicle and fled into the bushes in different directions.

A coordinated search was conducted in the area and two of the suspects were seen running in the bushes.

The two suspects were confronted in the bushes off Lothians Branch Road where one of the suspects began shooting at the police. One of the police officers returned fire with his service-issued firearm and shot one of the suspects, who fell to the ground.

The other suspect escaped. The injured suspect was taken to the Princes Town District Hospital where he was pronounced dead by a doctor around 2:43pm.

The dead man is yet to be positively identified.

Officers found and seized one .38 revolver with one live round of ammunition, while no spent casings were found at the scene of the shooting.

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A search of the AD wagon revealed one loaded glock-17 pistol with a magazine and 17 rounds of nine millimetre ammunition.

The vehicle was processed and taken to the Princes Town Police Station for further processing. Supt Doodai, Asp Ali Mohammed, Insp James and Insp Teeluck visited the scene, to conduct enquiries.

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