Friday 28 February, 2020

Gros Islet police officer under investigation after off-duty shooting

George Nicholas

George Nicholas

Superintendent of Police George Nicholas says when someone is the holder of a licensed firearm and encounters a situation, that person has a right to defend himself, his property or the life of another.

The senior police officer made the comments at a press conference Monday, following a shooting incident at Riviere Mitan, Gros Islet on Sunday, December 29, 2019.

The incident, which took place around 3 pm, involved two male individuals of the community who were involved in an altercation with each other, one armed with a cutlass.

The cutlass wielding man proceeded to chop the unarmed man and was then shot in the leg by an off-duty police officer.

The two injured men have been admitted to the Victoria Hospital.

“So if you find yourself in a situation where you deem it necessary at the time to discharge your firearm, I see no reason why you can’t; once you are justified in doing so,” Nicholas explained to reporters.

While he refused to comment on whether or not it is normal for an off-duty police officer to discharge his firearm under such circumstances, an internal investigation has been launched into the incident.

“Anytime there is a police shooting there is an internal investigation being carried out and that investigation has been launched into that matter.”

“At the time the police officer who was involved felt it was necessary for him to discharge his firearm and he did so.”

The investigation, he says, will reveal if the officer was justified.

According to reports, following the incident, the alleged off-duty police officer began recording the aftermath.

“I cannot comment on the recording too much as to who did the recording, but that is something that we would condemn especially if it was done by an officer,” Nicholas declared and that the RSLPF will not tolerate such behaviour.



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