Monday 6 July, 2020

Soldier goes gunning inside his bedroom in Mandeville

A group of JDF soldiers on duty in St Catherine. (File)

A group of JDF soldiers on duty in St Catherine. (File)

The authorities are investigating an incident in which a member of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) reportedly discharged 31 rounds of ammunition from a firearm while at his home in Mandeville, Manchester.

Loop News understands that the soldier reported being at his home earlier this month and seeing 16 men coming through a window to the bedroom before he discharged his weapon - said to be his licensed firearm - damaging the window.

Residents who heard the gunshots alerted the police.

There was no report of anyone being injured as a result of the extensive shooting.

Sources said the soldier is to undergo a psychological evaluation, as he has been diagnosed with acute psychosis, with suicidal thoughts and dehydration, and a history of myasthenia gravis (MG).

MG is a long-term neuromuscular disease that leads to varying degrees of skeletal muscle weakness. The most commonly-affected muscles are those of the eyes, face, and swallowing.

It can result in double vision, drooping eyelids, trouble talking, and trouble walking.

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