On Friday night, police opened fire, hitting a motorcycle passenger after the rider ‘ran over’ an officer during a traffic stop in Cacao, Babonneau, a senior law enforcement official has confirmed.
The official told St Lucia Times that the bike rider refused to stop when two officers motioned to him to do so and hit one of the policemen while the other officer had a narrow escape.
One of the officers discharged his firearm, hitting the passenger on the motorcycle in the foot.
The passenger fell off the bike, but the rider continued on his way, later abandoning the motorcycle and disappearing into some bushes.
The Babonneau fire station responded about 9:00 pm with an ambulance after receiving a call for help, transporting the injured police officer and the gunshot victim to the hospital.
Saint Lucia Fire Service (SLFS) Communications Officer Stacy Joseph said the responders found two injured males at the scene, one of whom had abrasions to the leg and a ‘penetrating wound’ to his foot. In contrast, the other had sustained injuries to his leg and waist.
Police have disclosed that they took the pillion rider who sustained the gunshot wound into custody after the OKEU Hospital released him. He is currently assisting them with their investigations.
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