Commissiong’s neighbour and friend shot dead at his murder scene by police

Commissiong’s neighbour and friend shot dead at his murder scene by police after grabbing an officer’s gun and opening fire, hitting a woman corporal, during a fracas

• 49-year-old Garrick Thomas aka “Gary” left his Phase 4 home and went to the scene at Phase 6 where his neighbour was gunned down was engaged in a confrontation with other persons on Sunday 25th December, 2022.
• According to police, around 1pm on Sunday, officers of the Northern Division Task Force Area South, responded to a homicide at Phase 6, La Horquetta.
• Upon arrival at the football field, they observed a large gathering and they attempted to cordon off the scene, but several persons began fighting.
• The officers then attempted to quell several fights and during the process, a man identified as 49-year-old Garrick Thomas St. Clair of Phase 4 La Horquetta, burst the leg holster and grabbed Ag Cpl Madeira’s service-issued pistol and began firing in the direction of Woman Ag Cpl Cudjoe-Joseph.
• Cudjoe-Joseph was shot in the stomach and WPC Smith reacted and shot St. Clair. They were both conveyed to the Arima Health Facility where Cudjoe-Joseph was treated and transferred to the Mt. Hope Hospital for additional treatment.
• St. Clair was declared dead around 2:37pm at the Arima Hospital.
• Thomas was described as a well-respected and upstanding citizen in the La Horquetta community.
• W/Cpl Cudjoe-Williams remains in critical condition at the Mt. Hope Hospital after an artery that provides blood to her heart was hit by a bullet even though she underwent emergency surgery.

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