December 14, 2021 – Eight firearms and several rounds of ammunition were seized over the weekend as lawmen continue their heightened operational activities to increase public safety and citizens’ security on the island.
In Bethel Town, Westmoreland, an unidentified man was fatally shot during a confrontation with the police early Saturday morning and one firearm was seized during that incident. The matter was reported to the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) and the Inspectorate and Professional Standards Oversight Bureau (IPROB).
Additionally, lawmen in Clarendon seized a special .38 revolver and three rounds of ammunition during an operation in Ward Hill district in the parish later that morning.
Furthermore, officers assigned to the St. Andrew South Police Division seized a Glock 9mm pistol, and 14 rounds of ammunition on Seaward Drive, Kingston 11 during a joint police/ military operation in the area on Saturday evening. One man was arrested in connection with the seizure.
Later that day, about 10:15 p.m., a Browning 9mm pistol was seized in Flanker, St. James during a joint police/ military operation. A premises was searched and the firearm found and one man was taken into custody.
About an hour later, members of a joint police/ military team carried out an operation in Majesty
Gardens, Kingston when a group of men ran on seeing them. The men opened gunfire at them.
Checks were made at a premise and a .45 9mm pistol with eight rounds of ammunition was found. No one was arrested.
Similarly, St. Catherine South Police Division was not to be counted out, as a Smith and Wesson Pistol, and 25 rounds of ammunition were seized on Sunday, December 12 following police operations on Water Lane, Old Harbour, St. Catherine. Reports are that about 2:00 a.m., the police, following an investigative lead, conducted a snap raid at premises occupied by several men. The premise was searched and the firearm and ammunition were found. Four men were arrested in connection with the seizure.
Sunday afternoon saw Clarendon seizing a second firearm for the weekend. One .38 revolver with two .38 cartridges was seized in Sandy Bay, in the parish, and one man was taken into custody.
About 9:50 p.m., over in St. James, five people were taken into custody following the seizure of a Glock pistol with ten 9mm rounds of ammunition in Browns Lane, Granville. Reports are that during a joint police/military patrol, persons were seen standing on the roadway. Upon seeing the law enforcers they ran. The five were accosted and a search of the area resulted in the find.
The police are renewing their appeal to the public to report illegal firearms and ammunition to them. Persons may do so anonymously by calling Crime Stop at 311.