The incident occurred after the officer’s firearm discharged during a party in Chaguaramas early yesterday morning.
According to senior officers, just before the incident, officers who were on duty at the party, which was being held at the Chaguaramas Military Museum, noticed two men and a woman smoking marijuana. The officer, they said, approached the trio and took away the drugs.
One of the men followed and taunted the officer, before pulling the officer’s firearm from its holster, said investigators. In an attempt to regain possession of his firearm, police said a struggle ensued between the officer and the man, causing the firearm to accidentally discharge, hitting Ricardo Mohammed, who was with friends some distance away.
Residents, however, disputed parts of the police’s version of what had transpired. They said they were told by eyewitnesses the officer had arrested the man after finding him with the drugs in his possession, but he was not placed in handcuffs.
While escorting the man through the crowd, he escaped, causing the officer to pull out his firearm and open fire on the man. The officer missed his target and instead shot Mohammed, they claimed. The escaped man still has not been caught.