PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Wednesday December 23, 2015 – A watchman has been charged with killing a police officer and a University of West Indies (UWI) engineering student in a botched sting operation just over a week ago.
Mark Chris Christopher, a 33-year-old watchman, will appear in court today on charges of murdering Police Constable Russell Ramnarine and UWI St. Augustine student Avery Keshwar on the morning of December 14. He is also charged with firearm and ammunition possession.
Two other men and a woman who were in custody following the fatal shooting have been released.
Ramnarine, 24, and 22-year-old Keshwar, were killed in Aranguez, a community in the town of San Juan, where the two, along with a uniformed officer, went to recover a cell phone that had been reported stolen by Keshwar.
Police said that when the suspect saw the police officer in uniform, he ran away and was pursued by Ramnarine, who was dressed in plainclothes, and the other officer.
However, Ramnarine returned to the vehicle where Keshwar remained, as the other policeman continued the pursuit. It was when he entered the vehicle that shots were fired from a nearby barbecue outlet and both he and Keshwar were fatally hit.