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Cops to investigate claims Williams shot himself

Published:Wednesday | February 20, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Senator Arthur Williams

The Jamaican police have indicated that there will be a standard investigation into reports that Opposition Senator Arthur Williams accidentally shot himself at a New Kingston restaurant early yesterday morning.

The firearm used in the incident is now with the Government Forensic Laboratory for testing, and Karl Angell, the director of communications for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), revealed late yesterday that statements were still being collected from persons who may have witnessed the incident.

After all the information is collected, Angell said a team of senior investigators will examine them and decide the next move.

About to leave

An employee at Chasers Cafe, located on Belmont Road, in St Andrew, told The Gleaner that Williams was saying goodbye to friends and was about to leave the popular night spot shortly before 2 a.m. when he reached into his trousers pocket twice.

"When him tek out him hand the second time, it (the firearm) went off and him get a graze pan him foot," the employee recounted.

Numerous attempts to get a comment from Williams were unsuccessful, but head of the St Andrew Central Police Division, Senior Superintendent Fitz Bailey, insisted that he has been cooperating with investigators.

"I wish to make it clear that Senator Arthur Williams has been speaking with police investigators and is cooperating in full with all of our investigative requirements," Bailey was quoted as saying in a statement released by Angell.

"I visited the home of Senator Williams this morning where he handed over his licensed firearm for forensic examination. Senator Williams was also interviewed in the prescribed manner for such incidents," SSP Bailey added.

He said the incident is being investigated "in the usual manner" in which such incidents are treated by the police.