Taser used on armed suspect outside bar

Police used a Taser to subdue a George Town man who was carrying a loaded firearm outside a local bar early Friday, according to a police report.

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service said around 2 a.m. armed officers were sent to Bananas Bar on Eastern Avenue, where they had been told a man with a gun was threatening people.

Police saw several people in the parking lot of the bar, including the man believed to be the armed suspect.

According to a police statement, “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 gathered outside the bar, police said. Acting Police Commissioner Anthony Ennis praised the officers for safely restraining the suspect without harming anyone else.

“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.