By RICARDO WELLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE fatally shot a man during an altercation in the Price Street area of Nassau Village yesterday, as officers attempted to take a “prolific offender” into custody.
However, the man who was fatally shot was not the suspect police were originally looking for.
According Assistant Police Commissioner Stephen Dean, the incident occurred yesterday shortly after 1pm when, officers working on information received, went to a home on Peach Street in Nassau Village with intentions of making an arrest. Once on the scene, officers encountered a group of men behind the home, two of whom opened fire on the officers.
ACP Dean said officers returned fire, causing the men to flee in various directions. One suspect was fatally shot.
Police said they arrested four men and recovered a handgun with 13 live rounds of ammunition at the scene.
“We were targeting a prolific offender who was wanted for a number of serious crimes, including murder and armed robbery. We went to a location where we had information on where the suspect was hiding, where we saw a group of men.
“The group of men, on seeing the police, two of them opened fire on the police. The police returned fire and some of the men ran off. As a result four of them were arrested, one of the suspects was fatally shot, police recovered a handgun. Police are still conducting investigations into this matter.”
ACP Dean also indicated that upon further inquiry, it was learnt that the men arrested by the police were wanted for several serious crimes.
None of the men involved in Wednesday’s incident was identified by police. The “prolific offender” police were originally looking for is still at large.
Deputy Coroner Andrew Forbes visited the scene and is now leading the investigation.