A George Town man carrying a firearm outside a local bar early Friday morning was hit with a Taser charge by police officers who managed to subdue him, according to a police report issued Friday.
The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service said armed officers were sent to Bananas Bar on Eastern Avenue around 2 a.m. where they had been told a man with a gun was threatening people.
When they arrived, police officers saw several people in the parking lot of the bar, including the man believed to be the armed suspect.
According to the police statement on the incident: “Officers requested to search [the suspect’s] person, but he resisted. The officer deployed a Taser, yet the suspect continued to resist. The suspect was eventually restrained without incident and a search of his person revealed a loaded firearm.”
The arrest was carried out while a crowd outside the bar gathered to witness the incident, police said. Acting Police Commissioner Anthony Ennis lauded the officers involved for safely restraining the armed suspect without harming anyone else on the scene.
“This adds to a series of incidents involving firearms as of late when officers have demonstrated judgment and restraint by not resorting to lethal force,” Mr. Ennis said. “They continue to put themselves in harm’s way and demonstrate their training and professionalism.”
The 35-year-old suspect was arrested on suspicion of possessing an unlicensed firearm.