Po­lice al­legedly shot by col­league in Port­land

The Star (Jamaica) - - News -

Apo­lice cor­po­ral who was se­cur­ing one of the ex­its of a house where a po­lice search party had gone in search of wanted men was yes­ter­day shot in the head, al­legedly by one of his col­leagues.

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 Oli­v­ere Hous­ing Scheme in Buff Bay, around 5:45 a.m. yes­ter­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, the in­jured cop 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 was bleed­ing from the head. A sin­gle shot was al­legedly fired by a dis­trict con­sta­ble. It is thought to have ric­o­cheted off a wall, hit­ting the cor­po­ral in the eye.

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

The tar­get of the op­er­a­tion was not found at the house, but the po­lice said: “It does not mean that the in­tel­li­gence was not re­li­able”.

The In­de­pen­dent Com­mis­sion of In­ves­ti­ga­tions and the Ja­maica Con­stab­u­lary Force’s In­spec­torate of the Con­stab­u­lary have launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mat­ter.

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