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Daring gun attack near Supreme Court

Published:Friday | May 12, 2017 | 5:36 PM

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

Police personnel at the Supreme Court building in downtown Kingston are now raising concern about their safety after two men, travelling on motorcycles, this morning attempted to rob a taxi operator within the precincts of the court.

There were explosions, but it is unclear if the men opened fire at the taxi operator as he sought assistance from police personnel who man the Barry Street court entrance used by officials and attorneys.

There were no reports of injuries.

Police personnel assigned to the Supreme Court, except those who serve as bodyguards for judges, are not permitted to carry their firearms while on duty there.

According to law enforcement sources, the men, in their bid to escape, drove their motorcycles in the opposite direction along the one-way Barry Street and opened fire on a police team that was dispatched to apprehend them.

The shaken taxi operator was taken to the police post at the Supreme Court.

Police sources say the taxi operator reported that the two men followed him around St William Grant Park before signalling him to stop.

When he refused, the man said the two gunmen opened fire at his vehicle.

The taxi operator reportedly indicated that he drove his car to the Supreme Court's Barry Street entrance because he knew that police personnel are always on duty there.