Inmates transferred after stand-off with Ocho Rios cops
A fire truck and soldiers were deployed to the Ocho Rios police station on Wednesday in response to what has been described as a major disturbance. (Photo: Akera Davis)

OCHO RIOS, St Ann — One inmate was treated and released from hospital while at least four others were bundled into a police truck and carted away from the Ocho Rios lock-up Wednesday evening after what a police inspector described as a "major disturbance" at the facility.

"The police were entering the cell to do a search when they were attacked verbally and physically. The police had to subdue and one prisoner was injured," Senior superintendent of police in charge of policing in St Ann Dwight Powell told the Jamaica Observer.

Inspector Robert Forbes of the Ocho Rios Police Station told the Jamaica Observer that sometime after 4:00 pm inmates began issuing threats to the police which led to the disturbance at the lock-up. By 6:30 pm he declared the "major disturbance" quelled.

"What I can say is that things are now under control," he said at the location. By nightfall a team from INDECOM had arrived at the scene and there were unconfirmed reports that there may be other inmate transfers.

Earlier in day it was a chaotic scene as soldiers and a fire unit were dispatched to the police station, and curious onlookers milled about outside its locked gates. The inmates removed from the Ocho Rios station Wednesday evening have been transferred to Portland, according to Observer sources.

SSP Powell said the disturbance was unrelated to five inmates being charged, Tuesday, with assault occasioning grievous bodily harm and unlawful wounding in connection with a beating meted out to another inmate there.

BY AKERA DAVIS Observer writer

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