Friday 28 February, 2020

Taxi operator shot by cop in downtown Kingston

Investigators are on the scene of a police shooting involving a taxi operator on Spanish Town Road in the vicinity of Coronation Market in downtown Kingston.

Details are sketchy, but preliminary reports suggest that the 'cabbie' had disobeyed an order from a policeman to stop which necessitated that the cop use force to handle the situation.

"It is believed to be a police shooting, the taxi operator was ordered to stop but continued. The policeman was forced to open fire on him. These are preliminary reports, we are trying ascertain the full details of the situation, and send out an official report," a representative of the Corporate Communication Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force told Loop News reporter Claude Mills. 

The condition of the injured man is unknown at this time.

The development comes less than a week after a policeman was severely injured when a taxi operator driving a black Toyota Wish vehicle ran over a policeman in New Kingston after being ordered to stop. One of the cop's leg has been broken in multiple places and the muscles appeared to have been damaged.

In that incident, the taxi driver had been signalled to stop after reportedly disobeying a traffic light in New Kingston at minutes to 8 am. The driver appeared to be stopping, but then accelerated, hit the policeman and ran the car over his leg.

The police say the car then sped away. It was found abandoned last Thursday in the Mountain View area. 

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