Man shot during alleged tussle with cop in Westmoreland
WESTMORELAND, Jamaica—A man was shot during an alleged tussle with a policeman on Beckford Street in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland on Wednesday afternoon.
The man, who has since been hospitalised under police guard, was reportedly shot after he attempted to take the cop’s gun, Observer Online understands.
Reports are that around 2:30 pm, a police team on foot patrol observed two men fighting and intervened.
The now-injured man, who was armed with a stone and a piece of board, was instructed by one of the policemen to drop them but did not comply.
The man, it was reported, threatened to hit the cops if they tried to apprehend him.
He then allegedly attempted to throw the stone at the team of policemen, and one grabbed onto him and tried to subdue him. This resulted in a tussle between the man and the cop.
It is alleged that during the tussle, both men fell to the ground and the policeman’s gun fell from its holster. The cop retrieved it, and the man reportedly attempted to get control of the firearm.
Another tussle ensued, and a round was discharged from the cop’s weapon. Another policeman reportedly used his baton to strike the man’s right leg to subdue him.
He was subsequently restrained and transported to hospital, where he was treated for a wound to his right leg and admitted.
The cop with whom he had the tussle, was treated for minor injuries.