Cops Shoot Cops

Cops shoot cops

Policemen on lookout for kidnappers injured by colleagues

BY KARYL WALKER Crime/Court co-ordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saturday, February 13, 2010



TWO policemen from the elite Organised Crime Investigative Unit (OCID), in an embarrassing case of friendly fire, were shot and injured Thursday night while on an operation to nab the kidnappers of a teenage girl.

One of the policemen, an inspector, received treatment at hospital, while the other, a corporal, who was shot in the abdomen, was said to be critical. Their names were not released.

The policemen were on the lookout for the kidnappers of the 16-year-old girl on the Bustamante Highway, in the vicinity of Glenmuir Road, when they were set upon and shot by policemen from Clarendon.

The police reported yesterday that the Clarendon cops did not realise that the two men were their colleagues and only decided not fire another round when the inspector and detective corporal identified themselves.

It was not clear, however, why they Clarendon police pulled their guns and started shooting when they were not attacked.

The incident, meanwhile, has left a bitter taste in the mouths of officers from OCID who complained that the shooters did not follow procedure when they shot their colleagues.

"This is not a good time for the police. We can almost expect anything now," said an OCID officer. "I doubt if the police who shot the police even tried to identify themselves or accost the persons who they might have thought were gunmen. This is a sad day for us."

The shooting, a police source said, allowed the kidnappers to escape, after freeing the girl. She returned home about 2:00 yesterday morning.

The girl, a student of a Clarendon high school, was travelling in a taxi when the driver stopped to pick up two men. The men reportedly pulled guns and ordered the driver and other passengers out of the car and drove off with the teenager.

The car -- a white Toyota Corolla -- was yesterday found in an open lot.

In recent months, incidents of kidnapping have increased sharply and have been causing headaches for law enforcement officers.