PCA director David West.

The Police Complaints Authority (PCA) says it has completed its preliminary investigation into a police-involved shooting at No. 19, Trou Macaque, Laventille on October 25th and has forwarded its findings to the Office of the Director of Prosecution (DPP).

The deceased- Shakeem Francois, 15; Kadeem Phillip, 17; Shaundell St. Clair, 20; Mishack Douglas, 22 and 23-year-old Nicholas Barker were shot while playing cards while members of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) were conducting an exercise.

In a press release issued this afternoon, the PC stated that after analysis of the evidence gathered by PCA investigators, the information was sent to the DPP, pursuant to Section 30 (1) of the PCA Chap. 15:05 which states, “The Authority may conduct a preliminary investigation to assist it to identify whether or not there is conduct to justify a more complete investigation under the Act, or refer it to the Director of Public Prosecutions, Commissioner or the Commission for further action”, Our investigations and recommendations should provide assurance to both the public and Police that deaths or serious injuries that happen during or following police contact would be properly handled.