Po­lice­man in­jured in friendly fire in­ci­dent

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Gareth Davis Sr/Gleaner Writer

THE IN­DE­PEN­DENT Com­mis­sion of In­ves­ti­ga­tions (INDECOM) yes­ter­day launched a probe into an in­ci­dent in which a po­lice­man was re­port­edly in­jured by friendly fire dur­ing an early morn­ing op­er­a­tion at the Oli­v­ere Hous­ing Scheme in Buff Bay, Port­land.

A pre­lim­i­nary re­port in­di­cates that mem­bers of the Op­er­a­tions Sup­port Team in Port­land, which car­ries out spe­cial emer­gency op­er­a­tions in the po­lice divi­sion, went in search of wanted men, who were be­lieved to be oc­cu­py­ing a prop­erty in­side the hous­ing scheme, around 5:45 a.m. yes­ter­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, a male con­sta­ble, whose name had not been re­leased up to yes­ter­day af­ter­noon, was in­side the house se­cur­ing one of the ex­its when he opened a side door and an ex­plo­sion was heard.

Other po­lice per­son­nel, who ran to in­ves­ti­gate af­ter hear­ing their col­league cry out in pain, found him ly­ing on the floor and cov­ered in blood in­side the house.

It was de­ter­mined that the con­sta­ble, who was bleed­ing from the head, was in­jured af­ter a dis­trict con­sta­ble fired a sin­gle shot, which ric­o­cheted off a wall and hit him in the eye.

The con­sta­ble, who lost con­scious­ness, was rushed to the An­notto Bay Hos­pi­tal and later trans­ferred to the Kingston Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal.

Along with INDECOM, the Ja­maica Con­stab­u­lary Force’s In­spec­torate of the Con­stab­u­lary has launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mat­ter.

RUDOLPH BROWN/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Mem­bers wor­ship at the Trans­formed Life Church’s 7th An­niver­sary Ser­vice in­side the Karl Hen­drick­son Au­di­to­rium at Ja­maica Col­lege in St An­drew yes­ter­day.

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