Trinidad: School MTS Guard Breaks Into School, Killed By Guard

(TRINIDAD EXPRESS) – In a bizarre twist of events, a National Maintenance Training and Security Company Ltd (MTS) school security guard shot dead a suspected burglar on the compound of Carapichaima Anglican Primary School on Tuesday night.

The dead man, Dillon Berkley, turned out to be another MTS school security guard who was found with a loaded gun, mask and tools to break into the school.

Berkley, 37, who lived in Todd’s Road, Central Trinidad, was shot in the head and died at the scene.

Around 10.15 p.m. on Tuesday, Freeport police received a report of a man lurking on the premises of the school in Waterloo Road, Cara­pichaima.

The officers arrived shortly after 11 p.m. and were met by an MTS estate sergeant.

The MTS officer told police that half-hour earlier, he had been at his workplace at Couva Secondary School when he got a call from a guard on duty at the Carapichaima school that a burglar was on the property.

The estate sergeant said he responded, and armed with his gun, began searching the school using a flashlight.

He said on entering a classroom, he observed a man inside and shouted: “Stop, don’t move.”

The man raised his hand and pointed what appeared to be a gun, police were told.

The estate officer said he fired a single shot.

The bullet hit the suspect in the head.

The suspect was wearing a black fisherman hat, a ski-mask, black T-shirt, blue jeans and garden rubber boots.

He was wearing gloves and carried a backpack.

There was also a crowbar and a bolt-cutter nearby and a silver and black revolver a short distance away from the body, police reported.

The gun was secured by police.

When the dead man was unmasked, it turned out to be Berkley, who was identified by a co-worker as an MTS guard.

Berkley last worked at Chaguanas North Secondary School on November 5 this year, police were told.

The Express reached out to Berkley’s relatives yesterday, but they were said to be unavailable.

The Express also contacted MTS yesterday, and the company confirmed the incident and that its members were working with the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS).

“As is protocol the company has offered counselling and support to all of our officers involved in the incident through the company’s Employee Assistance Programme (EAP). Due to the fact that this matter is an active police investigation, the company will not be issuing any further statements at this time,” MTS said.