Teen Who Allegedly Shot At Police Was On Bail For Other Crimes


Police have charged a 15-year-old boy who they say fired at them in downtown Kingston while he was on bail and under a court imposed curfew for two other violent infringement of the law.

The boy who cannot be named is to appear in the Children’s Court on Monday, August 12 to answer to new charges, this time for breaches of the Firearms Act.

The teen, who the Kingston Central Police say was a suspect in numerous shootings in the Division, was charged following an incident on Thursday, August 1 about 9:35 p.m. It is alleged he fired shots at a police team that was on patrol on Barry Street in downtown Kingston. During the confrontation he was shot and wounded and taken to hospital for treatment.

Reports are that the teenager and another man were walking along Barry Street when police officers accosted them and they ran. They were chased and the teen was caught. Law officers say the firearm taken from the youth and used by him to fire on the police was later identified as a Taurus 9mm pistol.

He was subsequently charged with Shooting with Intent, Illegal Possession of a Firearm and Illegal Possession of Ammunition.

Police say this is the third time the teen has been charged by them. He was charged twice in 2018, first with unlawful wounding and then for being armed with an offensive weapon as well as escaping custody. At the time of the August 1st incident, he was reporting on condition of bail at the Central Police Station and was under a court imposed curfew to remain at home between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. daily.

The accused teen is in custody at a juvenile remand centre pending his court appearance.


Franklin McKnight

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