Thursday 19 September, 2019

Apartment shooter questioned by cops; Lawyer cites ‘vicious rumour'

Andrew Woolery, the licensed firearm holder who shot a security guard during an altercation at Braemar Estate in St Andrew over a week ago, was questioned by investigators from the Half-Way Tree Police Station on Monday.

His lawyer, Peter Champagnie, gave an update on the exercise and other related matters while raising a matter which he said was of much concern to his client.

"Woolery was interviewed by the cops. He is not being treated as a suspect. The police invited him to assist in their ongoing investigations. My presence was not mandatory, but I was present," Champagnie told Loop News reporter Claude Mills.

Champagnie also addressed the matter of the Firearm Licensing Authority’s (FLA) interest in the incident.

"The FLA requires a statement (from Woolery) and he has every intention of co-operating with their request," the attorney said.

Champagnie also addressed what he called a "vicious rumour" about non-payment of maintenance fees by Woolery that is being viewed as defamatory in nature. He vowed to aggressively pursue those who have been spreading the ‘rumours’ via social media.

"It has come to our attention that there are person or persons on social media who have been circulating a lie that Mr Woolery had owed maintenance (on his apartments) for years, and this is not true,” said Champagnie.

“We intend to take action against these defamatory statements, because it has caused Mr Woolery a lot of discomfort as he is in real estate and this is a vicious rumour that is being communicated via social media, and people need to desist from doing so," the attorney added.

The shooting incident, which was captured on video, has gone viral.

The video footage shows Woolery engaged in a heated discussion with KingAlarm security officers about leaving the property, before being attacked from behind by a man in civilian clothing, who is said to be a security guard at the complex.

A struggle ensued between the two men, with other personnel entering the fray, and a shot was subsequently fired, hitting the supposed plainclothes security guard in the neck. The injured man was rushed to the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), where he was admitted in a stable condition.

The KingAlarm security officers who were present at the scene, some of whose actions against Woolery, especially after the shooting, have been questioned,  have since been pulled from duty, pending the outcome of a number of investigations into the incident.

"There have also been attempts to reach out to him by KingAlarm, but we are awaiting the outcome of the formal investigations, then we will take it from there," said Champagnie.

He said Woolery was generally in good spirits, with lacerations from being forcefully shoved to the ground having not been to a significant degree, but he has been "complaining of pains in the back and in the head".

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