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Soldier shot dead in land dispute
A soldier was shot dead by his neighbour during an argument which was sparked by a “cut eye”.
Police said the soldier, Sgt Ken Palmer, 42, who was attached to Teteron Barracks, Chaguaramas, was killed in the yard of his common-law wife Radhica Pooran along Dalloo Road, Gasparillo around 6.15 pm.
Investigators said Palmer had an argument with two men, Ravi Pooran, his wife’s brother, and the suspect. Police was told the suspect asked Palmer, “What you watching me so for?” before a fight broke out between Palmer and the suspect.
After the suspect suffered several blows from Palmer, he went to a house at the back of Pooran’s home and returned with a gun to shoot Palmer.
Ravi tried to stop the suspect but the suspect opened fire, shooting Ravi and Palmer multiple times. He then ran off. Police last night launched a manhunt for him. Ravi, 30, was undergoing surgery at the San Fernando General Hospital last night.
Initial reports suggest that Palmer was shot in the head, shoulder and abdomen. ASP Ali Mohammed, Gasparillo police; the Homicide Bureau of Investigations, Region Three and the Crime Scene Unit were at the scene up to press time.
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