Posted: Monday, December 2, 2019. 7:40 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams issued a statement today saying that he regrets the unfortunate incident in which a citizen was shot to the face by a police officer during a pursuit in the Cayo District on Saturday, November 30.
Williams said that around 9:30 on Saturday night, police were conducting a motorcycle patrol in Santa Elena when they observed two people on a black motorcycle riding at high speed. The cycle was heading to Esperanza village.
The officers noted that the motorcycle did not have on any of its lights, bore no license plate and the rider and pillion were not wearing any helmets.
A pursuit ensued and was quickly joined by a police patrol mobile with its strobe lights on; they signaled the rider to stop.
The pursuit reportedly continued to Georgeville into an off-road where it ended when the rider collided unto a culvert.
The rider reportedly ran whilst the pillion remained near the cycle.
One of the pursuing officers, who set chase after the rider, fired a single shot following repeated commands for the rider to halt.
The man was apprehended, he was identified as Jordy Usher, 25, of Georgeville village, Cayo District.
Police then noticed an injury to the right side of Usher’s cheek.
Usher was taken to the hospital and is listed in a stable condition.
Williams informed that following this incident, all protocols in relation to the officer’s alleged involvement in the shooting incident were observed and the firearm has been retained.
The Commissioner has since ordered a full criminal and internal investigation into the matter.
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