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.
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.