Policeman, Coast Guard shoot, kill each other

The content originally appeared on: Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

DEAD: Coast Guard officer Jabari Francois who was shot dead by police officer PC Jomo Golston. The policeman was also fatally shot by Francois.

A POLICEMAN and a Coast Guard officer shot and killed each other in an incident on Sunday morning.

Dead are Coast Guardsman Jabari Francois of Waterwheel Road, River Estate, Diego Martin and Special Reserve Police (SRP) officer PC Jomo Golston of Upper Irvin Street, San Juan.

Police reported that at about 2.20 am, PC Golston dropped off a female friend at North Post Road in Diego Martin when Francois approached him and knocked on the window of the policeman’s car. The two argued over each other’s perceived disrespect before Francois pulled out a gun and opened fire on Golston.

DEAD: PC Jomo Golston, who was shot dead by a Coast Guard sailor on Sunday morning. The sailor, who was shot by Golston, also died in the incident.

Golston, who was also armed, drew his pistol and shot back, killing Francois on the spot, before driving off and crashing his Nissan AD wagon. He died at the scene of the crash.

The killing is reminiscent of a shooting that took place three years ago in which two police officers shot each other.

A police corporal was cleared of any wrongdoing in that shooting, which left Sgt Darrell Honore dead.