Cop shot and injured in West Kingston

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crime-scene-gun.jpgSergeant attached to the Kingston Western Division was shot and injured and three illegal firearms seized in two separate attacks on the Police in West Kingston, last night.
Reports are that about 12:30 a.m, a police team was on duty in the Coronation Market and its environs when a group of men armed with high-powered weapons attempted to enter the market space.

The police were however vigilant and took command of the space and prevented them from doing so, as a result the gunmen fired at the police who countered the attack.

During the shooting, the sergeant was shot and injured as also one of the gunmen.

On the approach of the police to the injured gunman the team came under heavy gunfire from the Lizard Town and Tivoli Gardens communities. Reinforcement was sought and teams from Divisions within Area 4, Mobile Reserve and the Jamaica Defence Force assisted.

Both injured men were taken to hospital where the policeman was treated and the unidentified gunman pronounced dead. Two firearms, a 9mm pistol and a .38 revolver were seized in the incident.

About an hour earlier in the Rose Town community, a police team was on mobile patrol when they too were attacked by gunmen armed with high-powered weapons. The lawmen repelled the challenge and the gunmen fled. The gunmen were however accosted by another police team that was on patrol in the area.

One gunman was shot and injured and a 9mm Luger pistol with two rounds of ammunition seized from him. The other men escaped in the community.

He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.