A police constable was shot and wounded by his own firearm – an MP5 sub-machine gun during a patrol in San Juan on Tuesday night.
According to a police report, at about 8.15 the officer assigned to the North Eastern Division Task Force was on a routine police patrol along Don Miguel Road, San Juan in a marked police vehicle when the sling of his MP5 sub-machine gun got caught in the hand-brake lever.
In an attempt to free the sling, the officer’s finger accidentally squeezed the trigger of the gun, causing the weapon to fire one round of 9mm ammunition.
He was shot and wounded on the left foot.
He was subsequently taken to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex where he was treated and warded in a stable condition.
- by Rhondor Dowlat-Rostant