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By Deandrea Hamilton


#TurksandCaicos, May 19, 2022 – Someone reported shots fired from a red car on the Leeward Motorway on Tuesday which attracted at least three TCI Royal Police units.

The response resulted in the arrest of two men who many captured on their mobile phones, lying on the ground with their hands cuffed behind their backs.

At the time, motorists and bystanders had no idea what was going on, but a police report released later Tuesday said there had been a careless firing of a gun from the car and he demanded that the tactical unit and the investigation department go to the scene.

Police Commissioner Trevor Botting said: ‘The reported incident on Leeward Road, where it is believed a firearm was recklessly discharged, was handled by a number of units police, including members of the tactical unit and investigative teams.”

It was around 12:20 p.m. that the shots were heard, believed to have come from the red Suzuki Swift that was seen in photos and videos of the teardown.

“Shortly after, a vehicle was stopped and two people arrested. A firearm and ammunition were later recovered. I salute the work of the officers present and those supporting the police control room for a coordinated and targeted response. RTCIPF officers and staff remain engaged and focused on protecting our communities and getting guns off the streets of TCI.

Five Cays Man faces gun and ammunition charges

The police identified the suspect arrested early Sunday morning, around 1:30 a.m. during the check and search.

“This arrest and these charges reflect the diligent and focused work of officers working to keep our communities safe. We are committed to removing guns and the people who carry them from the streets and are grateful for the support we receive from the public. I urge you to tell us what you know about guns and gun crime to help us fight crime.

The woman in the car, in the original report of the arrest, appears to have been exonerated. She was not named in the update.

Police had informed that the man during the stop and search had thrown an object over the car, this object was later identified as a firearm, according to the report.

Gino Bernadin of Five Cays will face the magistrate to answer charges of possession of weapons and ammunition.

No truth to police sex crime rumors

On Tuesday, police also denied any truth to a report that senior officers were to be charged with serious sex crimes.

The statement said the Force was disgusted by the social media post.

Commissioner Trevor Botting said: ‘I am frankly appalled that someone is circulating such a terrible lie, a lie that has no basis. Misinformation like this was no doubt aimed at discrediting the Force and the hard-working officers and personnel within it and those in charge should bow their heads in shame.

He also said he was glad the folks at TCI had the good sense not to believe the “fake news” article.

“Fortunately, most people at TCI see through these shameful and divisive actions and continue to support the police service in the work we do.”

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