Jamaica: Policeman wounded amid foiled robbery in Portmore

A police team was reportedly injured during a thwarted robbery in Portmore. According to the earlier reports, two policemen were shot and injured.

Kingston, Jamaica: A police team was reportedly injured during a thwarted robbery in Portmore, St Catherine, Friday afternoon.
According to the earlier reports, two policemen were shot and injured while intercepting a car that was reportedly on a robbery spree in the area.

According to the Chairman of the Jamaica Police Federation, Corporal Rohan James, another policeman was run over by the criminals even as the gun battle eventuated.

James revealed, “These men used the motor vehicle as a weapon and also fired upon the police officers. During the shootout, two members of the team sustained gunshot injuries that are not considered life-threatening, an neither are the injuries sustained by the member who was hit with the vehicle. It is expected that all three members will be discharged from the medical facility.”

Members of St Catherine South division were on operation in the Gregory Park area at approximately 3:30 pm on Friday, where they intercepted a Nissan Latino motor car with gunmen abroad. Reportedly the gunmen shot at the police, who took deceptive action and returned fire.

It is believed that one of the gunmen was fatally shot whereas another one has escaped. A search is now on for the missing gunman, says the police.

The Crime rate in Jamaica

The regional crime investigative reporting organization Insight Crime reported that Jamaica had the highest murder rate in the Latin America/Caribbean region in 2020, at 46.5 per 100,000 while the robbery rate for Jamaica was 43.4 cases per 100,000 population in 2017.