Detective Sergeant Dale Thompson who was shot in the head almost a month now has been moved from the intensive care unit of hospital as his condition steadily improves.
Chairman of the Police Federation Sergeant Raymond Wilson in speaking with Jamaica News Hub confirms that Det. Sgt. Thompson has been making improvements in his recovery.
Social media has come out to lend support to the family and colleagues of Det. Sergeant Thompson after Jamaica News Hub broke the story that he needed blood.
Many offered prayers as well as blood for the policeman who was gravely injured while attempting to apprehend some men who had just moments before gun down a security guard.
His near fatal shooting has brought to many the conditions under which many policemen and women police work.
Reports are that on Saturday January 27 around 11:00pm, 39-year-old security guard Asfidel Harrison was operating a taxi along King Street, downtown when a man posing as a passenger pulled a firearm and attempted to rob him.
Harrison, a licensed firearm holder, pulled his firearm and challenged the gunman. Both men received gunshot wounds. Harrison then drove to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries while undergoing treatment.
The cronies of the gunman, who were traveling behind Harrison’s vehicle in a BMW motorcar attempted to pick up the injured gunman who was escaping.
However, the Police who arrived on the scene thwarted that attempt. A team of officers from the Hunts Bay Police Station intercepted the vehicle on Tower Avenue in Kingston 11 where a shoot-out ensued.
During the incident the Det. Sergeant Thompson was shot in the head and was taken to hospital.
One occupant of the BMW motorcar was taken into custody and will be questioned in the presence of his attorney with a view of proffering charges. The other occupant abandoned the vehicle and escaped.
The gunman and a bystander who were shot during the earlier melee were taken to hospital where they were admitted in stable condition.
One pistol along with a magazine containing eight 9mm rounds was also found on the scene.