Soldier “trips off” and fires shots into air at Army Base in St James

Soldier “trips off” and fires shots into air at Army Base in St James

Reports are that a solider has been detained following a shooting at Camp Ogden, St James last night.

It is reported that the solider – a private, got into a physical altercation with a warrant officer after the private refused to obey orders.

The private allegedly snatched his assault rifle and began shooting into the air while running to the western end of the camp.

The officer was eventually caught, subdued and detained and the weapon seized.

A lockdown was then enforced at the facility.

A statement from the regiment on Friday confirmed the incident.

The release, issued by Capt Cleavon Dillon, the public relations officer of the regiment, said the soldier “was made to hand over his weapon and was subsequently placed under arrest in accordance with military legal procedures.”

The statement said investigations were ongoing but added the regiment assured the public “that the highest standards of discipline amongst its serving members remain a hallmark of the military profession.”

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