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A 22-year-old man was gunned down at his home by men pretending to be police officers.

Police said the victim was Sidney Villarael of Windy Hill, Arouca.

According to a police report, at about 1 am on Thursday, Villarael was at home with his mother and brother when they heard a loud banging outside their front door.

Villarael’s mother asked who was at the door and a male voice shouted “police” and instructed her to open the door to which she complied.

Two men both armed with firearms then stormed in and walked to the second room in the house where they dealt Villarael’s brother several blows to the head and instructed him to lie on the ground.

A short while later several gunshots rang out.

The gunmen then ran off.

Villarael’s brother got up from off the ground a short while later and discovered his brother lying on the floor with multiple gunshot wounds to the head.

He died on the scene.

A motive is yet to be established for the killing.