|Police shoot two men during high-speed chase|
Guardian Senior Reporter
Published: Jul 30, 2012
Police shot two men who led them on a high-speed car chase through New Providence yesterday morning.
The suspects started shooting at the pursuing officers which prompted them to return fire, police said.
Press Liaison Officer Inspector Chrislyn Skippings said police were told around 1:30 a.m. yesterday that three men were inside a white Honda Accord in the Kemp Road area with firearms.
Skippings said police responded to the report and spotted the car as it drove through the area of Sutton Street, off Kemp Road.
As police tried to intercept the car the driver sped away heading east on Shirley Street. The police car chased the suspects into the Step Street area. At this point the men jumped out of the car and began shooting at police, Skippings said.
Two of the men were shot and a third suspect managed to evade arrest, she said.
Police also reported that two other men were shot during a separate incident which occurred on Saturday.
The two victims were at Frogman Lane, off Deveaux Street, at around 11:30 p.m. when they were approached by a “dark male” who shot them multiple times.
The men were taken to hospital and at last report were in stable condition, Skippings said.
Last week National Security Minister Dr. Bernard Nottage said that saturation patrols in crime hot spots and the deploying of police officers into urban communities were having an impact on violent crime levels.
“The commissioner’s current mandate is that all marked patrol cars of the Mobile Patrol Division are deployed during times when, historically, most crimes are committed,” Dr. Nottage said. “Each car is double-manned by officers who are properly trained, appropriately armed and properly led. To facilitate this operation a superintendent is assigned to head this division, supported by an assistant superintendent and three inspectors.”
Nottage said the police are also using unmarked cars to trail prolific offenders.
“Their mandate is to target prolific serial offenders and criminal suspects who are considered armed and dangerous and who pose an ever present danger to members of the communities in The Bahamas,” Dr. Nottage said. “These officers are deployed in unique shift patterns and are at the sharp end of policing. To date they have been extremely successful in their efforts.”