NASSAU – Police have launched a manhunt for a gunman who shot an off-duty police officer six times Saturday night.
The masked gunman dressed in dark clothing ambushed Corporal Chester Atherley at Woods Alley, off Wulff Road, around 10:30 p.m, police said.
According to law enforcement officers who were not authorised to speak publicly about the case, Atherley had just completed a visit with his 15-year-old daughter when the incident occurred.
Atherley, who is in his mid-40s, was walking to his car when the gunman shot him and fled, sources said.
Atherley was able to give police the name of a person he believed wanted him dead before he went into surgery, according to sources. He is in serious condition at Princess Margaret Hospital.
The officer of more than 25 years of experience on the force, had a good rapport with his colleagues at Wulff Road Police Station, according to persons who worked with him.
In 2009, Atherley and a police reservist were accused of robbing a man of $600 at gunpoint.
The officers were cleared of the charges when the virtual complainant, Kifftino Davis, dropped the case several days later. (Nassau Guardian)