Environmental protection officer attacked

A man who police said lashed out at Department of Environment officers with a hook stick was arrested Wednesday afternoon.

Royal Cayman Islands Police officers said one DoE officer was hurt in the incident, but said that officer did not require any medical attention.

Around 2pm Wednesday, three environmental enforcement officers confronted a man on the shoreline near Pirate’s Lair in South Sound. Police said the man was suspected of taking conch and lobster from a designated marine life replenishment zone.

As officers approached the man, he lashed out at them with a hook stick, cutting one of the officers on his forearm.

The suspect then ran, entered a Department of Environment vehicle that was parked nearby and drove off.

The officers immediately reported the incident to police and provided a description of the suspect and the stolen vehicle.

Around 2.30 pm, the suspect and the stolen vehicle were spotted by police officers in Bodden’s Road, George Town. Officers stopped the car and the man, 52, was arrested on suspicion of traffic and marine conservation offences.

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