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12 bullets for bar bandit

Trinidad Express / A criminal suspect was shot dead this morning when he held up patrons of a bar in St Helena.

The thief was shot 12 times and died at hospital, police said.

His alleged accomplice – a 24 year old Santa Cruz woman – was detained by the victims and arrested by police.

At around 1 a.m. a man and a woman entered BJ’s bar at Madras Road and announced a hold-up.

The two robbed patrons of thousands of dollars’ worth in cash, jewellery and cell phones.

Police said an off duty officer of the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard who was liming at the bar pulled out his firearm and opened fire on the man.

The thief was shot multiple times in the upper body.

Officers of the Caroni Police Station and Central Division Task Force responded and the thief was taken to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex in Mount Hope.

He was pronounced dead on arrival.

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