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A 20-year-old Couva man died after being shot during an alleged larceny on Wednesday night.

Keaton Simmons, a resident of Dairy Lane, McBean, died before reaching the Couva District Health Facility.

According to a report, two police constables were patrolling Camden Road around 10:50 and decided to drive into a side road where they heard noises near an incomplete house.

The officers parked their vehicle and walked to an area where there were several houses under construction.

They heard more noises and as they shone their flashlight across to a house, they saw two men carrying Z purlins.

The officers said they ordered the men to stop and drop the items, and saw a flash and heard a loud explosion.

Afraid for their lives, the officers fired their Police Service issued pistols. On checking the surroundings, they found Simmons lying on the ground. Couva CID and other units responded to the officers’ report of the shooting and took Simmons to the health facility. The owners of the house visited the scene and reported that it was subjected to constant larcenies.

Senior Supt Simon, ASP Ragoo and Sgt John visited the scene and began an investigation into the shooting.

Crime scene investigators recovered three spent 9mm shells, blood samples, a pair of slippers, a hacksaw, a bolt cutter, three bottles and a foot impression on a paint tin cover.