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Police fire at wanted man

Police fire at wanted man

| 04/10/2008 | 5 Comments

(CNS): A wanted man was apprehended in George Town on Saturday 4 October and is now in custody after a short police pursuit which ended in North Church Street where the man was arrested for a number of offences. During the pursuit armed police officers reportedly fired their weapons and an investigation into the shooting is now  underway.

According to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) no one was injured but a number of shots were discharged by the police as officers as they pursued the 32-year-old man who was wanted in connection with a number of serious offences including making threats to kill with the use of a firearm.

The incident started when officers on patrol attempted to stop the man, who was driving in Boddens Road, at approximately 10:15am. The man refused to comply with police instructions which is when the pursuit began.

 Police said the discharge of weapons by RCIPS officers is an unusual and rare occurrence for the Cayman Islands. In line with RCIPS policy, a full investigation into the incident has begun by officers’ independent from those involved, who are trained to investigate incidents which involve the discharge of police firearms. This investigation is being overseen by Superintendent Mike Needham and the Professional Standards Unit. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has been notified and upon completion of the investigation, the FCO will facilitate a review by a team from another jurisdiction.

The officer in charge of the initial investigation is keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident. Anyone who was in the area should, in the first instance, contact Detective Inspector Kim Evans on 526-0628.

Anyone with information about crime taking place in the Cayman Islands should contact their local police station or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS). All persons calling crime stoppers remain anonymous, and are eligible for a reward of up to $1000, should their information lead to an arrest or recovery of property/drugs.



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