By SANCHESKA BROWN
Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE STILL have no motive and no one in custody in connection with the shooting of a police officer on Sunday.
According to reports, Constable 3347 Demetrius Taylor, 29, was shot in the back of his head in Nassau Village.
Acting Deputy Police Commissioner Anthony Ferguson told The Tribune police still have little information on the incident and are still piecing together what happened.
He said police have no one in custody at this time, but hope to have some leads “very soon.”
Mr Ferguson said the off-duty detective had been driving on Alexandria Boulevard around 3:20pm when two men in a black vehicle pulled up behind him and opened fire, resulting in the officer being shot in the back of his head.
Police officers in the area came to his assistance, as did EMS personnel, who took him to hospital where he was rushed into surgery.
“I had the chance to speak with the officer prior to him going into surgery and I am encouraged,” Mr Ferguson said. “I want to appeal to members of the public who witnessed this incident to provide the police with information concerning the persons who are responsible.”
Mr Ferguson said it is too early to say why the officer, 29, was attacked.
The officer’s shooting comes over a month after another policeman, Sgt Wayne Rolle, was shot in his head and killed while sitting in his car with a female friend at Durham Street, off Montrose Avenue. He was off duty at the time.
In spite of the two incidents, Mr Ferguson said he doesn’t believe police are under attack.
“We don’t think this is an attack on police officers,” he said. “There’s always concern with all human beings who are injured, but the public and the police department need not go in any frenzy. We believe that we have this matter under control and we want to assure the public that we are on top of this investigation.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 911 or 919, the Central Detective Unit at 502-9991 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 328-TIPS.