Venezuelan woman injured in shootout with T&T police charged

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Venezuelan woman injured in shootout with T&T police charged
Monika Jerez-Gonzalez
Monika Jerez-Gonzalez

(T&T GUARDIAN) – A 21-year-old Venezuelan woman, who was wounded in an alleged shoot-out with police in Diego Martin last week, has appeared in court charged with firearm and ammunition possession.

Monika Jerez-Gonzalez, a law student, was not called upon to plead to the charges when she appeared before Magistrate Rehanna Hosein in the Port-of-Spain Magistrates’ court less than 24 hours after she was discharged from hospital.

Jerez-Gonzalez was charged with being in possession of a Smith and Wesson .38 pistol and a quantity of ammunition.

Jerez-Gonzalez was granted $40,000 bail and ordered to reappear in court on May 2.

According to police reports, around 11.30 pm, last week Wednesday, Jerez-Gonzalez and her 31-year-old friend Marco Antonio Gonzales drove past a road block in Diego Martin and failed to follow instructions to stop.

Police claimed they were shot at when they eventually intercepted the vehicle along St Lucien Road. They returned fire wounding both friends.

Gonzales died on the scene while Gonzalez, who was shot in her face, was taken to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital for treatment.

A quantity of United States (US) currency was found on Gonzalez, while the loaded gun was alleged found inside the car.

An autopsy performed Gonzales body showed that he died from six gunshot wounds- one in the back of the neck, four times in the mid-back region and one to the lower back. Gonzalez was charged on Tuesday as doctors discharged her from hospital.

The T&T Guardian understands that his family is considering filing a report with the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) over the shooting as they claim that the autopsy raised questions with the version of the events stated by police.

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