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Debris burn at the corner of the Diego Martin Main Road, and Covigne Road in protest last evening,over the police shooting of Jonah Gordon.

A 22-year-old man of Upper Covigne Road, Diego Martin, was killed during a police-involved shooting early yesterday morning.

The killing led to fiery protests in the area, as residents played a cat and mouse game with the police as they attempted to block the roads.

The deceased was identified as Jonah “Kirby” Gordon, 22.

According to a police report, at about 6 am a party of officers from the Western Division Task Force went to Gordon’s house to execute a search warrant. However, it is alleged that the officers were fired upon, causing them to return fire.

Gordon was shot several times. He was taken to the St James Hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

News of Gordon’s death sparked a fiery protest by residents from the area. However, the protests were quickly dispersed by police and T&T Defence Force personnel.

Fire officers also went to the scene to extinguish fires and clear the debris used to block the roads.

By 5 pm yesterday, protests again reignited, as residents upset over Gordon’s killing, attempted to highlight their outrage by blocking the road again. But that protest was short-lived as officers again put a quick end to the action.

According to statistics acquired from the T&T Police Service, there were 27 fatal police-involved shootings so far for the year in comparison to the 57 for the same period last year. (RDR)