Two females injured when police officer making arrest fell and gun accidentally discharged during Jouvert on Wednesday

By: Erasmus Williams
Basseterre, St. Kitts, December 26, 2018 – Two females were accidently injured by police fire during Wednesday’s traditional Jouvert as part of the 2018/2019 St. Kitts and Nevis Carnival, which ended prematurely due to violence and 64 persons arrested.
A statement from Police Headquarters Wednesday afternoon said two officers were also injured in separate violent incidents.
Police confirmed that the two females, whose names were not disclosed, were injured by police fire.
“With regard to the matters involving the Police Officers, the High Command has learned that both were injured while attempting to make an arrest during separate incidents. In one matter, two persons suffered injuries when an Officer’s firearm discharged after he fell while trying to apprehend an assailant. The two females suffered injuries to the legs as a result,” said the police statement.
It said the women, along with the Police Officer, received treatment at the JNF Hospital and were all discharged.
The second police officer, who is warded at the J N France Hospital suffered injuries when he was attacked trying to make an arrest during another incident.
Arising out of these incidents some sixty-four (64) persons were taken into custody and are assisting Police with their investigations.
The Police are asking anyone with information regarding the incidents that took place Wednesday morning to contact the Basseterre Police Station by dialling 465-2241.
There were reports of a shooting incident and multiple stone-throwing incidents, fights between revellers and revellers and revellers and law enforcement, that sent hundreds of revellers ducking for cover.
Police were observed making scores of arrests as several bands and revellers made the rounds along West Independence Square Street, the Bay Road, The Circus, Fort Street, Cayon Street, Church Street and Liverpool Row.

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