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Detective in critical condition after being shot during attempt to accost gunman

Published:Sunday | January 29, 2017 | 12:38 PM

A police sergeant attached to the Kingston Central Crime Investigations Bureau is battling for life in hospital after being shot in the head by gunmen last night.

The incident occurred as the police confronted a group of gunmen who shot and killed a security guard in downtown Kingston and injured two others.

The security guard has been identified as 39-year-old Asfidel Harrison of Mahoe Drive, Bridgeport, St Catherine and Seaview Gardens, St Andrew.

The police say about 11:06 last night, Harrison was operating a taxi along King Street, in downtown Kingston when a man posing as a passenger pulled a firearm and attempted to rob him. Harrison, who is a licensed firearm holder, pulled his firearm and challenged the gunman.

Both men were shot. Harrison then drove to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries while undergoing treatment.

The police say cronies of the gunman, who were travelling behind Harrison’s vehicle in a BMW motorcar, attempted to pick up their injured colleague as he attempted to escape.

However, a team from the Hunts Bay Police Station intercepted the vehicle on Tower Avenue in Kingston where a shoot-out ensued.

During the incident, the police sergeant was shot in the head and was taken to hospital where he has been admitted in critical condition.

One occupant of the BMW motorcar was taken into custody and will be questioned in the presence of his attorney with the expectation that he will be charged. The other occupant abandoned the vehicle and escaped.

The gunman and a bystander, who were shot during the earlier incident, were taken to hospital where they were admitted in stable condition.

A pistol along with a magazine containing eight 9-millimetre rounds was also found on the scene.

The police detective is said to be in need of blood.