A Special Reserve Police (SRP) constable is expected to undergo surgery after being shot in the foot when a female police officer opened fire on suspect last Thursday.
PC Mendoza, attached to the San Fernando Charge Room, was discharged over the weekend but returned to hospital today police sources said.
According to a police report, the officers were responding to a report of a malicious assault at the home of 62-year-old man along Pond Street, La Romain. The officers noticed the man’s 28-year-old son smashing the glass of his father’s Hyundai vehicle with a shovel. He had already damaged several glasses and furniture in the house.
As the officers approached and ordered him to put down the shovel, he turned toward his father and attempted to hit him. The officers attempted to grab him, but he pushed them down. One officer said that they pleaded with the suspect to put down the shovel, but instead he turned toward a female SRP and started to swing at her.
It was at this point that she withdrew her firearm and fired a warning shot, but he continued to approach, eventually cornering her against a water tank. The officer fired again, hitting the suspect in both legs. However, one of the bullets ricocheted off the shovel and struck Mendoza in his legs.
He along with the suspect was taken to the hospital in police vehicles and both underwent emergency treatment. Investigators said once the suspect is discharged, he will face several charges, including common assault, possession of a weapon, use of obscene language, assaulting a police officer and malicious damage. He is currently under police guard at the San Fernando General Hospital, he remains a stable condition.