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August 4, 2014
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Disarmed cop taken off duty
André Williams, STAR Writer

The policeman who was disarmed by a mad man who shot two other persons, including another man, said to be of unsound mind yesterday, has been removed from frontline duty, The Starunderstands.

The cop, who is reportedly stationed at the police traffic headquarters, is also a fairly new member of the police force, sources told The Star.

Up to news time last night, the mad man and his two shooting victims, one a woman, were still hospitalised.

Scores of people scampered for cover as shots rang out in Half-Way Tree about 2:15 p.m. yesterday. When the shooting ended, three persons, including a woman who was clutching a child, and two men believed to be of unsound mind, were found suffering from gunshot wounds.

Superintendent Clive Blair of the St Andrew Central police, declined to comment on the policeman's status. "Well, I don't want to dwell on that now, the matter has to be properly investigated, and then it will be determined if any action should be taken," Blair said.

He, however, confirmed that the cop was on "Traffic Management duties" when the incident occurred. "Investigations are ongoing, however, the mad man pulled the firearm and fired, hitting another mad man and a woman.

He was later challenged by a policeman who saw what was happening. The firearm was retrieved, and all three are being treated at hospital."

The STAR was told that both Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) and the police are investigating the matter.

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