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06 February 2019

Search on for ‘police attackers’ in Clarendon; one already identified

A video image depicting one of the suspected attackers (with stone in hand) during Tuesday's confrontation with police personnel in Spalding, Clarendon, in which a bus operator was shot and injured. A video image depicting one of the suspected attackers (with stone in hand) during Tuesday’s confrontation with police personnel in Spalding, Clarendon, in which a bus operator was shot and injured.

The police have launched a search for a group of men who led an attack against law enforcers during Tuesday’s incident in Clarendon, in which a transport operator was shot.

The male transport operator was shot and injured after he reportedly attacked a policeman who was in the process of seizing a Toyota Coaster bus.

The authorities said with the use of video footage, they have already clearly identified a member of the group of suspects who allegedly attacked the police personnel and helped to damage a police service vehicle after the shooting incident.

A search has since been launched to locate the individual and the other suspects.

The police, in a release, said they have also commenced an investigation into the shooting incident.

The release said a police officer was also physically assaulted during the incident.

In the aftermath of the confrontation, amid a public protest, a police service vehicle was badly damaged and reinforcement had to be called in to restore order in the area, the release stated.

In the meantime, citizens are being urged to desist from obstructing or violently confronting the police as they carry out their duties. The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) said while its personnel are trained to deal with different situations, it is imperative that citizens recognise that they have a duty to comply with the instructions of officers, and not to encourage other persons to attack the police.

The release said when approached by a member of the JCF, citizens should always remember to remain calm, show no hostility and listen carefully to everything that is being said, and comply with the instructions that are given.

The JCF said as its investigation that is being led by the Inspectorate of Constabulary (IOC) progresses, “we are encouraging citizens to remain calm as we conduct a comprehensive investigation into the matter. We are also asking witnesses to come forward, particularly those who video recorded the incident, and assist with the investigations.

The police also advised that the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has been informed of the incident.

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