Police arrest suspect in prison superintendent’s murder; concern officers being targeted

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Tuesday November 3, 2015 – Police have arrested a man in connection with the murder of a senior prison official, as authorities express concern that members of the country’s national security services are being targeted by criminals.

Superintendent of Prisons David Millette was gunned down yesterday in the vicinity of his Second Caledonia, Morvant, home around 8:15 a.m.

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MURDERED: Superintendent David Millette (Photo: cnc3)

 

According to police, the 50-year-old was sitting in his vehicle when he was approached by four men, two of whom opened from either side of the vehicle, fatally hitting him in the left side, upper body and head.

Investigators described the murder as “vicious and calculated”.

One of the suspects was held in the Morvant area around 2:30 a.m. today.

Millette is the third officer attached to the Protective Services who has been killed within the last month.

On October 30, Lance Corporal Shervaun Charleau was shot and killed during a robbery. On October 4, Police Constable Montgomery Guy was gunned down by a passenger in his vehicle. A 19 year-old man has been charged for the latter murder.

“Officers who dedicate their lives to protect and serve the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago, are apparently being targeted by criminal elements,” Minister of National Security Edmund Dillon said in a statement issued yesterday afternoon.

“Law enforcement officials are treating these instances of violence against serving officers seriously, and are working assiduously to resolve these cases and bring swift justice to the perpetrators,” he added.

Dillon sought to assure members of the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service that government will be giving priority attention to strengthening the safety and security of officers.

He added that the Defence and Protective Services would be given the necessary tools and resources to allow them to fulfill their duties efficiently and effectively.

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