Posted: Monday, December 2, 2019. 7:44 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: A police internal investigation will determine whether the police officer involved in the late night pursuit and shooting incident in Georgeville, Cayo District on Saturday night used his best judgment to stop 25-year-old Jordy Usher.
The Georgeville resident and a second man traveling with him were first spotted in Santa Elena Town on a black motorcycle speeding east toward Esperanza with no lights or license plates and the riders without helmets.
Nevertheless, they refused to stop for a patrol in town, nor for a police mobile, which joined the chase later on. Ultimately, the pursuit continued into Georgeville where the lead rider, identified as Usher, collided with a culvert and fled on foot while his companion was partially trapped under the cycle.
One of the pursuing officers fired what police described at today’s briefing as a “warning shot,” intended to get Usher to stop, but it appears there were fragments of a bullet found inside Usher’s jaw in hospital, suggesting the bullet in some way hit him.
Assistant Commissioner and head of National Crime Investigation Branch, Joseph Myvette, says that police have not determined exactly what happened with Usher. However, he knows of two previous and separate instances where a “warning shot” fired into the ground, ricocheted and struck the fleeing individual, and that the shot should not be directly fired at the suspect, but through the air or on the ground.
Myvette said the officers involved found nothing incriminating on either man and they were treated in the hospital. The second man remains in police custody tonight. Had they stopped at any point, police would have addressed the multiple traffic violations they were accused of committing.
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