Cop, prisoner die in prison breakout

One of the guns was used to kill Constable Sherman Maynard after the prisoners pulled the guns inside prison walls and ordered prison guards to open the door leading to freedom.

Outside the prison, they fired on police officers, ,mortally wounding PC Maynard, before getting into a waiting Nissan Navarra that left the area carrying escapees Allan “Skanny” Martin, Hassan Atwell, 41, and Christopher “Monster” Selby, 30. The escape was staged at around 12.30p.m.

However, the getaway vehicle crashed into a wall near the Port of Spain General Hospital, when police vehicles began converging. The occupants ran through the hospital’s compound.

Martin was cornered inside the hospital’s guard booth. Cell phone video of the incident show police officers converging on the guard booth and firing a volley of shots. There are photographs of Martin apparently dead on the floor, with a handgun at his side. A second photograph, showing a close up of his face, is taken when his body is placed on a stretcher.

A 43-year-old man, said to have helped in the escape, has been detained. However, as of 6p.m. Friday, Atwell and Selby had eluded capture with the police using all available resources to locate them.

Martin and Selby were among 12 men in trial for the murder of Chaguanas businessman Vindra Naipaul Coolman. She was kidnapped and killed in December 2006. The trial began in March 2014.

Earlier this week, the judge hearing the case said the trial would be adjourned to September 17.

Atwell, originally of Pleasantville, is awaiting trial for kidnapping, possession of firearm, robbery and sexual assault.

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