Crime: Traffic cop shoots taxi driver

2008-07-27 00:00

A traffic officer based in Richmond was arrested after he pulled out a gun and shot a taxi driver as they argued over an air hose at a filling station in the town.

According to police spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram, the traffic officer and the taxi driver arrived at Pilson’s Garage at around 7.45 pm on Saturday and began arguing over an air hose.

“It is alleged that the taxi driver tried to attack the traffic officer.”

The traffic officer allegedly went to his car, got out a firearm and shot the taxi driver once above the right eye.

Budhram said the taxi driver, whose name has not been released, was rushed to Grey’s Hospital where he died a short while later.

The traffic officer, who is employed by Richmond municipality, is believed to have been off duty at the time.

Budhram said he used a private firearm.

He will appear in the Richmond Magistrate’s Court today.

Richmond municipal manager Wayne Donnelly said he could not comment on the shooting until he had the full facts.

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