Acting Police Commissioner James Philbert is urging Codi Alves, the lone survivor of fatal police killings, which left three of his friends dead, in Morvant on October 1, to come forward and help investigators with the probe. Philbert said the investigation into the killing of Kerwin "Lal" Joseph, 24, Akee Caballero, 32, and Joel Romain, 19, all of Cipriani Avenue, Second Caledonia, Morvant, was on-going. The acting top cop was responding to Alves' claims that he saw police officers murder his friends. Alves also alleged he was in the car at the time of the shooting and pretended he was dead to stay alive. Philbert spoke during an interview following the promotion of 24 First Division officers at the Police Administration Building, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.
He said: "The inquiry will eventually be submitted for consideration to the DPP who will decide whether an inquest should take place or not. "Arising from what appeared in the Guardian today (yesterday), I understand that person (Alves), from his position, seemed to be a witness in the matter. "The police will have to interview him and I hope he makes himself available for that interview, so we will be able to add some value to the investigation, which will be extremely fair." Philbert said all consideration would be given to what Alves or any other person, who may have claimed to witness the incident, once they were interviewed by investigators.
He said he was yet to receive an official report on the incident. Meanwhile, officers of the North Eastern Division have expressed shock over Alves' version of what happened that night. Officers claimed after the exchange of gunfire between themselves and the occupants of a B-14 motorcar, Alves crawled out of the vehicle, placed his hands in the air and surrendered. They said Alves was taken to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital after he suffered from shock. Senior police sources said a few days after Alves was discharged from the hospital, he refused to give investigators a statement, saying that he did not see anything.