Four young men -alleged would-be bandits were shot and killed by police officers on Sunday morning. Two others have been arrested. The situation unfolded at around 1:20am at a residence in Barataria.
Police reports state that officers of the North Eastern Division Task Force (NEDTF) intercepted the suspects after receiving a report of robbery with aggravation against six victims.
The victims told police they were at their Barataria home around 1:20am on Sunday 9th February 2020, when they observed a group of men standing in their front yard. The victims attempted to secure themselves in one of the rooms of the house, but the armed and masked intruders managed to enter the room and relieve the victims of a quantity of cash and other valuables before making their escape.
A report was made to the police and officers of the NEDTF who were on patrol in the district immediately responded and observed five male suspects attempting to escape in a white Nissan Almera motor vehicle.
Upon seeing the officers, police said the suspects shot at them and officers returned fire. The men were taken to hospital for treatment where they subsequently died. A fifth suspect managed to escape.
Two other suspects, both of Morvant, were held at the scene in connection with the incident.
Two of the deceased have been identified as Miguel Cox and Keshorn Cox, both of Chinapoo Village, Morvant. The other two are yet to be identified.
A quantity of the stolen items was recovered at the scene by officers.
Investigations are ongoing.