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Trinidad Guardian:- A se­nior po­lice­man who was on su­pen­sion was fa­tal­ly shot at his busi­ness place at Wa­ter­loo Road, Cara­pichaima, yes­ter­day.

Se­nior Supt Ed­ward Castil­lo died at the scene while a woman who was al­so in the busi­ness place was shot in the leg.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors were last night try­ing to de­ter­mine whether the gun­men had in­tend­ed to rob Castil­lo or kill him.

At around 6 pm, two men went to busi­ness place, Aiden’s Mi­ni Mart and Meat Shop and asked for an en­er­gy drink. When Castil­lo turned to get the drink he was shot sev­er­al times.

Two years ago, Castil­lo ap­peared be­fore in the San Fer­nan­do Mag­is­trates Court charged with four of­fences, in­clud­ing three charges of in­de­cent as­sault.

He was sus­pend­ed in 2012 and had over 40 years ser­vice.

Ch­agua­nas po­lice and homi­cide de­tec­tives are in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

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    Though fact-less, something may have happened, but except to ‘…settle a personal score’ and to perpetrate evil, the accusers could never have been ‘…professionally trained female police officers,’ not knowing what to do in the circumstances. From professional experience, such is unthinkable.

    They could not be said to have ‘…Fit the Vision of the Police Service,’ its principles and its disciplinary procedures.’

    Now that the accused is dead, they might now be seen more as a ‘…liability than asset’ to the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.

    Reasonable inferences might be drawn that he may have been ‘…Tricked and Framed’ by his subordinates.

    Given the dates of these charges, it might be time for;

    (i) …the Criminal Investigations Department (CID); and

    (ii) …the Professional Standards Bureau,’ to commence ‘…immediate investigations,’ focusing on the
    accusers and their associates.’

    Even the Magistrate before whom the accused first appeared, was said to have been ‘…perplexed about the dates’ on the Complaints that ranged from ‘…2003: …2005: …2008 & 2010’ [Trinidad Guardian: November 18, 2018].

    Only, ‘…Time Will Tell’ [1969: Jimmy Cliff].

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