Gas station bust up injures suspect

A man was arrested early Wednesday on suspicion of threatening violence and possession of an offensive weapon following a fight between the man and three off-duty police officers at the Red Bay Esso on Shamrock Road.

The 911 Emergency Communications Centre received a call at approximately 1am reporting that an altercation was taking place at the gas station and that one man involved was armed with a machete.

Officers from George Town responded and found that the man had been placed under arrest by an off-duty police officer.

The suspect, who had reportedly been armed with the machete, suffered a number of injuries during the incident, including a laceration to his face and a broken arm, for which he received medical treatment.

The man has since been released on police bail. A machete was recovered from the scene of the fight.

The circumstances around what happened are currently under investigation by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Criminal Investigation Department and an internal enquiry has been initiated by the police professional standards unit to assess the level of force used during the incident.

A statement from the RCIPS noted: ‘Police officers do find themselves in situations where the use of force is necessary.

‘In such cases they are required to justify that use of force, showing that it was proportionate and legal, and that there was, at the time, an absolute necessity.’