Sun | Dec 15, 2019

Police, residents clash over shooting of Manchester man with mental challenges

Published:Saturday | November 17, 2018 | 3:21 PM

A man who residents say has mental health challenges was shot and injured by the police in Coco Walk district, Manchester this afternoon.

The incident reportedly triggered a tense stand-off between the police and angry residents.

The police say the injured man, identified by residents as Jeffrey Allen, is being treated for a gunshot wound to the right side of the neck.

Residents reported that Allen was killed.

The police Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) report that a team from the Health Ministry was in the community to administer scheduled injections to persons with mental health challenges.

CCU says the police were summoned after a man stabbed a member of the team from the health ministry.

According to the police, the man was shot after he attacked a member of the police team that responded.

However, residents gave a different account.

Residents say the team from the health ministry visited Allen to administer his monthly injection and sought the assistance of the Cross Keys Police to help subdue him.

It’s reported that Allen refused to be injected and ran away.

According to the residents account, he was shot in the head by a policeman who caught up with him as he stopped to rest.

The police say the shooting has been reported to the Independent Commission of Investigations.

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