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Parking dispute leads to shooting of cop

Published: 
Thursday, September 14, 2017

A dispute over a parking space led to a police constable being shot in on Tuesday night while she and her husband made their way home.

According to residents of Mamoral, the police officer Crystal Abraham was shot during an argument with a man over the use of a driveway where they both use to access their respective homes.

Abraham, 32, lives in a house to the front, Residents said the two always argued over whose vehicle was blocking and who belonged there.

The man, residents said, moved out of the area. When the T&T Guardian visited the area, Abraham was not at home and neighbours said she and her husband would usually be out early and return home late and mostly kept to themselves. One neighbour told the T&T Guardian that the suspect and the officer got into a heated argument one day that led to police intervention. After that incident, the man was never seen again, until Tuesday night.

According to police, Abraham was the front passenger in a Toyota Hilux headed home when she was attacked. Around 10.30 pm, Abraham reported to her colleagues, she saw the man and later heard two gunshots and then felt pain in her left palm and right shoulder. The shooter then fled in some nearby bushes. Abraham was taken to the Chaguanas Health Facility where she was treated and later discharged.

A media release issued by the Police Service yesterday stated that an arrest in the shooting is expected soon as they have identified a suspect. The released added that the members of the Police Service were praying for the full recovery of Abraham.