The man who attempted to attack another man with a hayfork inside the La Brea police station early Friday morning is in police custody nursing a gunshot wound.
A policeman shot the 23-year-old unemployed man after he refused to drop the weapon during the then-potentially deadly situation.
A bullet grazed him on the leg and the policeman together with a policewoman disarmed him and seized the hayfork.
The injured suspect was taken to the Point Fortin Area Hospital where he received medical care.
He was later discharged and taken into custody. A police report said shortly before 2 am on Friday, a man frantically ran in the charge room area of the station and shouted that a man was chasing and trying to kill him with a hayfork.
Moments later, the man with the fork entered. He was cursing and threatening to kill the man in front of two police. Both warned him several times to drop the weapon, but he refused. Instead, he charged at his intended target and the policeman fired a shot.
Police later found out that the incident stemmed from an altercation at a nearby house at High Road between the suspect and a woman during which a male relative tried to intervene. The suspect attempted to attack the relative who managed to escape.
The unsuspecting victim, 42, also a relative of the woman, was nearby. Instead, the suspect tried to attack him.
ASP Abbott and Insp Mathura of the South Western Division are spearheading the investigations.