The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service has issued a public appeal for help in finding two prisoners who escaped from the Port of Spain Prison today.
The men are Hassan Atwell and Christopher Selby.
A third prisoner, Allan “Scanny” Martin, was killed by police near the Port-of-Spain General Hospital.
Reports are that about a dozen heavily armed men attempted to break the men out of the prison.
They were resisted by police personnel and a shoot out ensued.
One policeman was shot and killed in the incident.
Today’s incident caused a disruption to businesses and a pile up of traffic as staff who were sent home by fearful employers, sought to get out of the capital.
The escapees reportedly made off in a black Nissan Navara.
The vehicle was chased by the police and eventually crashed near the Port of Spain General Hospital.
Nationwide News has learnt from a source in Trinidad that the escapees are charged in connection with the high profile murder of businesswoman, Vindra Naipaul-Coolman.
A state prosecutor investigating the Coolman case, Dana Seetahal, was assassinated in May last year.