Suicidal cop recovering
Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer
The police constable who attempted to take his own life in St Ann yesterday morning is said to be responding well to treatment after being airlifted to the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH).
The 36-year-old constable, who is reportedly attached to the Street Crime Unit in St Ann, yesterday shot himself in the head in the bushes in his community of Hinds Town, St Ann.
The incident occurred about 10 a.m. and when residents rushed to the scene, the policeman was found suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.
His service revolver was found at the scene.
He was rushed to the St Ann’s Bay hospital and later transferred to the KPH.
Yesterday police sources indicated that the constable appeared paralysed as he was unable to move his limbs.
This morning, Superintendent Egbert Parkins who is in charge of St Ann police, told The Gleaner/Power 106 news centre that the constable was responding to treatment as his hands and feet are now moving.
The constable has been a member of the police force for 10 years.
This incident of attempted suicide comes just days after the body of Special Constable, Richard Laing was found in his home on Sunday.
The police believe he may have committed suicide.
Police Commissioner, Owen Ellington, has urged members of the Constabulary Force to take their personal affairs seriously and not to delay seeking counselling.
Commissioner Ellington also says supervisors should be vigilant and refer any member who shows signs of distress or depression for counseling.
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