The May Pen police arrested and charged a male vendor who was accused of chopping a female vendor during a dispute on Wednesday afternoon.
A video showing the altercation was widely circulated on social media. It showed the female vendor being chopped by the man who had to be restrained by an off-duty police officer, who fired two shots in the air to defuse the situation.
Vendors and shoppers scurried for cover after the officer discharged his weapon in response to the man leaping over a concrete divider and chopping the woman in her face in full view of several witnesses.
Onlookers screamed “murder” and a woman wailed “Jesus Christ God Almighty”, while others remarked conversationally: “yu nuh see the man chop the woman inna her face?”. Another video showed the woman hurling goods in the man’s face and saying “mine mi kill yu out ya so! Mine mi kill yu (expletive deleted) Gweh!”.
The man left and then the argument escalated into bloodshed. He was later arrested and taken to the May Pen Police Station.