Police constable commended for foiling armed robbery in Westmoreland
Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) in charge of Area One, Donovan Graham, has commended a police constable for having foiled an armed robbery in Westmoreland on Tuesday, during which the cop sustained injury.
Graham, in a release from the Constabulary Communications Unit (CCU), the police’s information arm, lauded Constable Patroy Gayle, who is assigned to the Area One Technical Services Department, for exemplary service in quickly responding to reports of a robbery in Hartford, Westmoreland while being off duty.
Reports from the Savanna-la-Mar police were that about 2:15 a.m., Constable Gayle was off duty when he was alerted to a robbery taking place at a bar in the community.
He responded and on his arrival, a confrontation ensued between him and three men who were reportedly trying to escape the scene in a motorcar.
During the confrontation, two of the alleged robbers were shot and subsequently taken to hospital, where they remain under police guard.
Constable Gayle sustained a broken leg during the incident, for which he was treated at hospital.
The police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating the third occupant of the vehicle, who has been named as Patrick Myles of a Clarendon address.
“The actions of the constable truly show that we are a force for good in so many ways. His quick response to the situation led to the recovery of the items (that were) stolen, and placed two men in the custody of the police to answer to their (alleged) crimes,” said ACP Graham.
“The JCF (Jamaica Constabulary Force) will continue to uphold the rule of law and safeguard the lives and property of all Jamaicans,” added the senior cop.
Investigations continue into the incident.