80-year-old woman accidentally shot in head by police in Trinidad
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – An 80-year-old woman in Trinidad and Tobago died last night, just over 24 hours after being hit by a policeman’s stray bullet while in the bathroom of her home.
Sona Lalloo sustained the gunshot wound on Monday night, when the 21-year-old officer’s gun was discharged as he chased two suspects near her house.
The shooting occurred around 7:45 that night, as members of the South Western Division Task Force responded to a report that a group of gunmen were seen walking along the road in Johnson Trace, Rancho Quemado in the south of the twin-island republic.
When they arrived on the scene they saw two men, one of whom was holding an object that resembled a gun. The men ran when they saw the police approaching and the officer in question attempted to climb over a chain-link fence in his pursuit of one of the men.
According to police reports, the fence collapsed and the officer fell and as his gun, which was drawn, hit the ground, it discharged two bullets.
It was subsequently discovered that one of them went through the wall of Lalloo’s bathroom and hit her in the head.
President of the Police Social Welfare Association president, Inspector Anand Ramesar, told the Trinidad Guardian that the officer was shaken up by the “most unfortunate” incident.
“From the information the association has received, we are inclined to believe that the circumstance of the officer having operational possession of his firearm was justifiable. The circumstances of the firearm being discharged was most unfortunate and we are advised that the officer himself is quite shaken up by the accident,” he said.
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