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Cop shot

drug raid ends in police shooting

Gunfire erupted at Storey Gap, Codrington, St Michael this morning as police descended on the area in a drug raid, resulting in one officer being shot in the arm.

Police officers at the scene of today’s shooting incident in which one of their colleagues was injured.

Police officers at the scene of today’s shooting incident in which one of their colleagues was injured.

Members of the Drug Squad were carrying out a drug eradication exercise about 9 o’clock today when they were fired upon. A constable was shot and had to be rushed by his colleagues for medical attention at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the police said in a release.

Lawmen did not name the injured officer, but said he was in a stable condition “under medical care”.

It was not immediately clear how many people were involved in the shooting, however, the police said in the release that an operation was ongoing in an effort to apprehend those involved.

Public Relations Officer Acting Assistant Superintendent David Welch also indicated in the release that they seized 5,789 cannabis plants, some up to six feet tall.

When a team from Barbados TODAY visited the area residents were tightlipped about the incident. However, one person who requested anonymity said he was reading the Bible when he heard the shots.

“But that is all I can tell you because I didn’t move from where I was. I don’t understand why this foolishness happening anyways,” the resident said.

Today’s drug raid was the third one this week. On Monday December 28, officers seized 2,698 marijuana plants ranging from four inches to seven feet in Small Hope, St John; and 1,709 plants, some up to eight feet, in Edgecliff in the same parish, according to the police release.

 No one was arrested in either raid.

7 Responses to Cop shot

  1. Maria Leclair
    Maria Leclair December 31, 2015 at 4:12 am

    They should concentrate on getting the real drugs off the streets, like Meth, crack etc.

    • Randy December 31, 2015 at 9:32 am

      so Marijuana is not real drugs? when u get Marijuana you have guns and thats the biggest problem

  2. Menace II Babylon December 31, 2015 at 10:34 am

    Barbados is very antiquated. So are our legislative process, policies,procedures, prehistoric politicians and their ways of thinking. You have a view on the cannabis plant but will encourage your children to partake in alcohol which is one of the most harmful substances known to man following tobacco. I am not for the harming of any of our law enforcement or defence force but you chase after cannabis like a parasite on society. It was only a matter of time. People grow tired of running.

    Barbados is not known internationally for fantastic cannabis but for exquisite cocaine. Did you know that? Do the mathematics. That is minor to the real deal. You are fixated on a God given plant where the focus is on eradication and arrest. You thought the same way on alcohol ands its intoxication in the past. The first substances many youth experiment with is tobacco and alcohol. Not cannabis. Stop ruining young people’s life’s by a conviction for cannabis, introduce into the legislative process Triage, Youth Conditional Cautions and Youth Cautions on our young people. Mark my words it will change. Lawyers, politicians, doctors, nurses, police, soldiers etc use the substance. May not smoke it but it is a plant and people Cook with it, drink it etc, with many many healing properties. Are you asleep and not witnessing how the same Jamaican government that prosecuted its citizens relentlessly is now being chased by the conglomerates for patents. You associate it with shanties, paling, dreadlocks and ghettos. You are so wrong. Cannabis use is prevalent throughout Barbados and it reaches to the same politicians. They smoke it too.

    The same people that clamour for punitive consequences will be left with egg on their faces when they drop that stance on cannabis as they reach for the financial gains that can be obtained from legalisation. Remember I said so, so ridicule me now.

    May not be today, tomorrow, next year etc but a constructive debate needs to be had in the halls of parliament. The price of cannabis in a country rivalling that of cocaine is disaster. You can’t suppress for ever. If government had any moral compass they would also link the crime not only to unemployment, job security/attainment and the usual way they treat the poor but would notice and observe the link to the cannabis trade and supply and demand. We as a people stay within our 166 and never visit strange lands, see their laws in practice and focus on crime statistically. We remain pig headed and stubborn as our neo-colonialism and cultural imperialism puppeteer strings still remain attached firmly.Barbados is not an independent country and we have our heads forced so far up United Kingdom anus that it takes them to defacate for us as a country to swallow.

    You lucky it is a gunshot wound and we not mourning the death of an officer with a bullet to the head or torso. They will not launch an investigative process into the good this plant can do to control the cannabis trade, crime and most important tourism as we have no other industry. Look at alcohol and the statistical evidence based on the sociological and criminogenic behaviour then look at cannabis. Wake up. The world has. To my brother from another mother Randy, internationally bim ain’t known for hard weed. Cocaine. firepower and cocaine travel like peas in a pod. Google cocaine seizures and cannabis seizures…..see for your self. Government needs to adopt a measure of control and ensure a high level of harm minimisation is instituted from primary school. To the police you are doing a fantastic job but people can only take so much.

    Menace II Babylon

  3. Maureen Smith December 31, 2015 at 11:46 am

    @Menace II Babylon – fantastic and well delivered! You are so right in ALL that you say. Now it is just for the government to take heed of your comments, but alas, I somehow will not hold my breath for fear that I expire.

  4. Alex Alleyne December 31, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Where is this guy ? . He ain’t just steal a bottle of rum, he shot a COP……… GO FIND HIM.

  5. cecil P December 31, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    for the life of me this is the third raid this week and you’re telling me the COPS haven’t arrested anyone yet come on now ?

  6. cecil P December 31, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    I know the COPS do a great job. but how are these raids been made with out anyone been arrested not even one person .that’s my question


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