Bathers and limers at the popular Caura River received a scare on Saturday when a police constable with over 15 years service, allegedly took out a personal firearm and began firing shots into the air.
The officer who is based in the Southern Division as a CID officer was one of many junior officers issued personal firearms by the Office of the Commissioner of Police.
Reports state that shortly after 4 pm, the officer was seen displaying his personal firearm before he started firing some shots into the air.
Bathers and limers who had packed the popular river began scampering to safety, while women and children took cover behind parked vehicles.
Those who were cooking on open firesides also took cover.
Uniform police officers, who were on duty close by, spoke sternly to the officer and asked him to desist from his action. He instead refused and fired two more shots into the air.
He was then immediately grabbed by his colleagues, disarmed and placed into a police vehicle, and taken to the Arima Police Station where he was detained.