The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) have both commenced investigations into Tuesday night’s incident in Gutters, St Elizabeth, in which two soldiers, who were reportedly trafficking a large quantity of ganja, were arrested by the police following a high-speed chase and gunfight.
According to reports, at about 9 p.m., acting on information, a police team, inclusive of members of the JCF’s narcotics unit, intercepted a JDF mini-bus and ordered the driver, a soldier in uniform, to stop. Instead of complying, the driver and his colleague soldier passenger sped away.
During a chase, the police were reportedly fired at, and the fire was returned. The back glass of the JDF vehicle was shattered during the exchange of gunfire.
When the chase finally ended, the two soldiers reportedly alighted from the vehicle and more shots were fired. A stand-off ensued, with the soldiers refusing to surrender.