Antigua: Police apologize over discharge of firearm

Antigua Observer:- The police have apologised to the public for the “negligent discharge” of a firearm which occurred at the Antigua Commercial Bank (ACB) in St John’s, yesterday, Police Public Relations Officer (PRO) Senior Sergeant Frankie Thomas said.

The incident caused panicked customers to run into the streets in fear, believing that a robbery was taking place.

“We want to apologise to the general public about what transpired. I can only imagine the panic and also the traumatic situation that the discharge might have caused, especially to those who were in the immediate environs,” the police PRO said.

Thomas also disclosed that “the police administration has immediately launched an investigation into the matter”.

The firearm belonged to an officer who was at the time providing protection for a money transfer operation between a security vehicle and the bank.

Thomas said the weapon went off accidently while the officer was in the line of duty, and it is still not known what caused the mishap.