TRINIDAD: Policeman, prisoner killed after jailbreak

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trinidad-jailbreak-jul-24.jpgA police officer was killed in a shootout with escaped prisoners in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago on Friday.

Police constable Maynard was fatally shot in the shootout outside the Port of Spain General Hospital. Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan says the hospital is still on lock down.

The hospital shooting occurred after three inmates escaped from the Port of Spain Royal Gaol prison. At about 12:30 pm, there was a rapid exchange of gunfire between police officers and the escaped prisoners outside the casualty area.


Police spokesman ASP Michael Pierre explained that the prisoners - Allan "Scanni" Martin, Hassan Atwell and Christopher Selby aka Monster - were assisted in their escape by a van which crashed in front of the jail.

Police sources confirmed that Scanni was shot and killed and police are searching around Port-of-Spain and environs for the other two.

The streets surrounding the hospital have since been cordoned off.

Pierre appealed for calm from the public, stating that police has the situation under control.