Yet another prison officer has been gunned down while off duty.
The latest attack occurred earlier this morning after Darren Francis, 38, was shot in the head by an unknown assailant at his home at Hill View Avenue, Sixth Company, New Grant.
National Security Minister Stuart Young is once again expressing condolences to the Family, friends and colleagues of Superintendent Jackson.
While Paying tribute at the funeral service for the Prisons Superintendent, Minister Young says it was a privilege for him to have met Mr. Jackson while touring the Maximum Security Prison in August.
The Minister described Superintendent Jackson as a true patriot who performed his job with pride and served his country with passion.
Exactly one week after the arrest of a Prisons Officer at the Golden Grove Prison on August 23, 2018, another officer has been found to be in possession of illegal and unauthorised items.
Reports indicate that around 1 pm Thursday, random searches were being carried out on officers entering the Maximum Security Prison compound.
The officer, who has over 20 years’ service, was advised about the searching exercise and informed that he would be searched.
Police are investigating whether a prison officer, who was arrested in connection with a stolen vehicle on Wednesday, is part of a larger car theft syndicate.
Speaking at the weekly police press briefing at the Police Administration Building in Port-of-Spain yesterday, acting ASP Anthony Harford stated that detectives of the North Eastern Division widened the scope of their investigation after the prison officer’s arrest.
A prison officer who walked into a robbery at a Chinese supermarket in Arouca attempted to run away but was chased down by one of the armed thieves.
A passing colleague saw what was happening and in aid of the fleeing officer, took out his firearm and shot the assailant.
The bandit’s three accomplices, one of whom is 16 years old, subsequently surrendered to the prison officers.
The wounded man was taken to hospital but died while undergoing treatment. Police said up to last evening the dead bandit remained unidentified.
Police and prison officers are searching for an inmate of the Golden Grove Maximum Security Prison who escaped custody this morning while being held in a holding bay at the Arima Magistrate's Court.
He has been identified as Teddy Singh, who is charged with murder.
Initial reports indicate that the prisoner made his escape around 10.30 am when he was taken to court.
He is of brown complexion, is 5 feet 9 inches tall, slim-built and of East Indian descent with a ponytail hairstyle.