Vendor accidentally shot in leg by cop
…..as man being pursued escapes
A Corriverton market vendor is now a patient at the New Amsterdam Hospital
awaiting crucial surgery to remove a bullet in his left leg after he was accidentally shot yesterday by ranks in plain clothes attached to the Springlands Police Station.
When Kaieteur News visited the man in the Male Surgical Ward at the hospital, he was surrounded by family members including his wife and son, who are trying to come to grips with the fact that the sole breadwinner of the household might not be able to regain the use of his leg in the near future.
Mohammed ‘Imran’ Inshan, 32, was doing some construction work on the new home he was building for his family at Number 77 Housing Scheme when, at about 11:30am, a group of four policemen (dressed in civilian clothes) emerged from a police vehicle.
It had been previously observed that a man from the area was “behaving bad on the road” and the man, who reportedly attacked a family member of his, summoned the police. One of the police officers fired a shot at the man but hit Inshan instead.
“I was on my verandah, on the lower flat, and after I was shot, I fell down– I thought I got pelt.”
The man’s wife, Angela Nasrudeen, is furious at the “careless actions of the police” and their unconcerned behaviour after the erroneous act.
“I asked them for help to take my husband to the hospital and they told me to call a taxi, even though the police vehicle was right there at the scene.” She called a taxi and her husband was taken to Skeldon Hospital, following which he was rushed to the New Amsterdam hospital. She said she reported the matter to an Inspector at Springlands and he said he “will investigate the matter”.
“I got shot whilst doing work in my own home…I could have been killed. There were lots of witnesses who saw what happened,” Inshan stated. He said that the bullet could have hit his son and the contractor who were both with him at the time. He was thankful that the incident was not more serious.
Inshan insisted that the police were careless. “They could have fired a warning shot. It happened during rush hour, when a lot of schools were on lunch break and had dismissed the children. You just don’t do things like that.”
“You could be in your own home and things happen to you…they are (the police) supposed to protect and serve, but they’re not protecting; they are destroying you. And them ain’t pay no interest when we told them the guy was shot. “We plan to fight this…we have our lawyer,” Inshan’s wife stated emphatically.
Inshan said initial x-rays have shown that the bullet spliced the bone and damaged it severely.
Up to late yesterday afternoon, the bullet was still lodged in the man’s foot, which was heavily bandaged. He is awaiting surgery which will take place today. Efforts to contact the Station Sergeant of the Springlands Police Station and ‘B’ Division Commander, Deryck Josiah, proved futile. Kaieteur News was also reliably informed that the person the police were pursuing escaped.