Police officer relieved of duty after traffic accident

A police report on Saturday afternoon (10th January) indicated that the Royal St. Christopher & Nevis Police Force is investigating allegations of a traffic accident between an off duty police officer and a local university student.

They did not name the university to which the student is attached nor did they indicate where and when the incident took place.

But what police did say was that “During the encounter it is alleged that the local student fled the scene but eventually stopped. It is (further) alleged that the local student then drove off again from the scene even after the officer identified himself.

With the student fleeing the scene the police officer is reported to have  discharged his service weapon at the fleeing vehicle and a bullet hit the front door of that vehicle.

Police stated however that no one was injured.

Both the officer and student reported the incident to the Basseterre Police Headquarters.

An active investigation is presently under way by the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) and the Traffic Division as there are criminal implications based on the reports of both persons.

The officer has been relieved of duty with pay and his firearm confiscated pending the outcome of the investigation.

It is very important to note that the police can be reached at 911 if there are questions about a police officer’s identity,” said the police statement.

They further explained that police officers in non-classified units must present identification when asked. But they also cautioned citizens that they must never flee the scene of an accident, but should instead call 911 immediately.

Individuals involved in the incident are being questioned to the fullest extent and the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force intends to take the most appropriate action, said the release.

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