A man accused of trying to disarm a policeman who was attempting to arrest him on firearm charges, was shot and injured on Tuesday.
Jamaica Today understands that sometime after 7 o’clock, the police were on operation in Port Antonio in Portland, when they saw a man who was a person of interest. He was stopped and searched and an unregistered firearm found in his possession.
The man resisted the police’s attempts to arrest him and during a struggle, he attempted to disarm one of the officers. He was shot and has been hospitalized under police guard.
The incident occurred mere hours after a wanted man, Dwight Ian Stephenson, swung his machete at the police while resisting arrest and was shot dead.
The Police High Command in a statement issued earlier this week had expressed concern about the resistance being shown by citizens towards being arrested.
“In recent times, there have been numerous incidents where uniformed police officers attempting to effect an arrest, not only face resistance from the offender, but also members of the public in the area at the time.
Several cases have resulted in officers being assaulted, with some of the incidents captured on video and shared on social media,” the High Command stated.
The statement further reminded citizens that they have a responsibility to comply with the instructions of the police when they are being arrested.
“Failing [that], the arresting officer may use whatever proportionate force necessary to safely effect the arrest,” it added.
The High Command noted that there were numerous avenues for redress if the suspect or offender felt that he/she had been wronged by the police.
The Inspectorate of Constabulary (IOC) and the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) are tasked with conducting investigations into alleged cases of abuse of power by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), according to the High Command.