Monday 6 July, 2020

Cop ‘accidentally' shot at Mobile Reserve compound

A policeman was taken to hospital late on Thursday following an incident in which he was injured on the grounds of the Mobile Reserve, the unit that the Police High Command earlier this year announced would be disbanded. 

Reports from sources are that the policeman, a trainee constable, was accidentally shot in his leg.

The incident was confirmed by the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), the information arm of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), but no additional details were provided.

Sources claimed the cop was shot when his colleague's firearm was accidentally discharged.

The extent of the policeman’s injury was not disclosed by the sources or the CCU.

Reports are that the incident occurred at about 9.44 pm, and that up to late last night, the lawman was still receiving medical treatment.

National Security Minister, Dr Horace Chang, earlier this year announced that the front-line crime-fighting unit - the Mobile Reserve - was to be disbanded as part of a major shake-up and re-organisation within the JCF.

The development came amid the force being placed in a controversial spot after three alleged rogue Mobile Reserve cops allegedly murdered a civilian before one of them was shot and killed. The others were subsequently arrested, with one having since supposedly escaped.

Another civilian was reportedly shot and killed during a shootout between the alleged rogue cops and their colleagues in the same incident that sent shock waves across the nation and the Diaspora. It has inflicted a major black eye on the JCF as Jamaicans question whether they can trust the police.

In a statement at the time, Chang said Police Commissioner, Major General Antony Anderson, “has advised the Government that in short order, major changes will come to both the management and oversight of the police force, as well as changes of entities within the force".

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