By SANCHESKA BROWN
Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE shot a wanted suspect on Wednesday morning after he allegedly attacked officers with a knife. Jeffery Etienne, of Okra Hill, who was wanted by officers of the Central Detective Unit for stealing, was shot in the thigh and taken to hospital, where he is listed in stable condition and under heavy police guard.
According to reports, around 11am police, acting on intelligence, went to an apartment complex on West Bay Street in search of Etienne. When officers entered one of the apartments they were reportedly confronted by Etienne, who they claimed lunged at them with a knife. The officers, in fear of their lives, shot him in his right thigh.
Police had issued a wanted bulletin for Etienne on Sunday.
Police have also arrested three men accused of being in possession of an unlicensed firearm and a quantity of ammunition. According to reports, shortly after 10am on Wednesday, Mobile Division Officers acting on intelligence, conducted a search of a green vehicle occupied by the suspects at the Town Centre Mall. Officers uncovered a handgun with ammunition during the search. The men, ages 30, 23 and 21, were taken into police custody for questioning.
Investigations into both matters are continuing.
Police also conducted a major operation on Wednesday afternoon targeting persons suspected of being involved in criminal activities. The operation, which was conducted between Balfour Avenue and Thompson Lane, led to the arrest of 10 persons. It resulted in a number of individuals and drivers being searched for drugs and firearms.
Six persons were arrested for various criminal offences, four were arrested for outstanding court warrants and 123 drivers were ticketed for various traffic infractions.
Police also said the operation, which was conducted by Assistant
Commissioner Leon Bethel and Assistant Commissioner Steven Seymour, was also designed to increase police visibility and relationship with residents.