The T&T Regiment has distanced itself from a series of threatening videos by one of its members on social media.
The soldier, of San Fernando, was involved in an incident on Tuesday at the HDC apartment complex at Embacadere, San Fernando, where a man was attacked and assaulted in his apartment.
As the soldier fled the scene, his personal vehicle was shot up. He was eventually detained and taken back to barracks.
However, his alleged victim was also arrested in connection with the shooting incident.
Following this, a series of posts began circulating with him dressed in his camouflage uniform, plain clothes and bareback.
In one of the videos he was smoking a cigarette of an usual length, warning citizens that as of midnight they will be out in full force.
Saying the coronavirus is a serious thing, he said anyone with a criminal record found breaching the COVID- 19 protocol will be shot.
The State of Emergency took effect from midnight on Saturday.
Saying that this was not a “kicksy” or “play thing” because the coronavirus is taking lives, he said, “As of midnight anybody gets it.”
In another video, he was showing a rusted cutlass and threatening to chop people.
And in another video, he spoke about being accused of shooting up the place while he was on duty, which he denied, but during the incident his car “get touch.”
He also called a person’s name from Broadway claiming that he took his wife and “had tuh dead.”
A release from the Public Affairs Department of T&T Regiment stated that the Regiment was aware of the videos circulating on social media which were taken by a service person on his personal cellphone.
“The Regiment wishes to advise the public that the views expressed by the service person in question in no way represents the views and core values of the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment and by extension the wider Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force,” the statement said.
Noting that an investigation has been launched, the T&T Regiment indicated that the soldier has been confined to barracks at this time.
“The Trinidad and Tobago Regiments holds its members to the highest standards of discipline and professionalism, and measures taken by persons which contravene good order and military discipline will not be tolerated,” the release said.
The Regiment further stated that it stands ready to continue to do it’s part in the fight against the global pandemic as they remain steadfast in their mission to protect citizens as well as the Government in keeping members of the public safe.