ComPol Williams says Officers’ Body Cams were not on
While the police’s investigation into the matter has shed more light on what transpired, investigators remain uncertain that the officer did indeed come under fire. And that’s because, according to the Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, no one but the police involved say they heard gunshots being fired from any of the motorcyclists. Investigators have retrieved expended shells from both a rifle and a nine-millimeter pistol. However, the officers, one of whom was dispatched with a body camera, claim that none of them were in possession of a handgun. ComPol Williams explained that only some of the officers were in possession of a body camera and says ballistic tests will be conducted on the shells to hopefully determine their origin.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “So what we’d normally do is that the person in charge of the team would have the body cam and he did have the body cam on but as has been said the body cam was turned off and that is a breach of our policy. The 223 expended shells are likely those discharged by the police. The investigation based on interviews conducted with the police officers they are saying that neither of them had a 9mm pistol. We’re not going to say at this stage without having sufficient proof that the officers were indeed fired upon. We still need to try and ascertain exactly where those two 9mm shells came from. And to help us with that aspect of the investigation we are going to submit those shells to the National Forensic Service Ballistic Unit and they will be able to do the analysis to ascertain if in fact those expended shells were fired by any police weapons as well as if it was discharged by any licensed weapon because you would know that the forensic lab the ballistics unit does have finger prints of every licensed firearm as well as every police issued weapons. Once we issue a weapon to police officers for use we normally ensure it is test fired and the expended shell goes to the lab so that they can keep a record our weapons in their database system. So I am hoping that through them we will be able to ascertain, the investigators have interviewed a number of persons and recorded statements from them but other than the police officers noone else is saying that they heard any shots fired at the police or they saw anyone firing at the police. We have not come to that as yet.”