The quiet in Maxwell Plains, Christ Church was disturbed this morning by rapid gunfire as police fired off 13 shots, leaving one man in critical condition.
It was around 11:30 a.m. when the incident occurred.
At the time, investigating officers were approaching a resident to make some inquiries when a series of loud explosions were heard coming from the direction of a group of people who were liming in the area.
However, there are conflicting reports from police and residents as to what happened next.
Lawmen say they were forced to initially run for cover and then later discharge their weapons after a motorcar, driven by 32-year-old Dwayne Ward, of Dayrells Hill, Christ Church, sped at them in a threatening manner before crashing into a parked lorry.
As a result, both vehicles were damaged.
Ambulance personnel were also summoned to the scene and the injured Ward, whose injuries have not been specified, was transported to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital under police escort.
Up to 4 p.m. lawmen were still on the scene carrying out investigations into the incident.
However, eyewitness Lena Payne told Barbados TODAY the police action was unprovoked.
“I was at the shop and I saw some police down my gap and when I got nearer I heard two shots beat.
“I ran and came down the hill and saw two officers standing behind my wall. Then I heard a car accelerating and I just saw one of the officers buss shots at the car.
“The car was driving normal and they open fire on the car. The car basically stopped and after he [Ward] came out, they [police] fired more shots at a car which was stopped,” she said.
Payne, who was comforting her son, who is Ward’s nephew, was visibly shaken by today’s incident.
“I could not even move because I was shocked,” she told Barbados TODAY, adding that “all I could do was to holler for murder”.
“He was bare back and hardly had on any clothes . . . I was right here when it happened. He was unarmed and even though the car stopped, police were still shooting,” Payne insisted.
She said she was saddened by the entire ugly episode.
“It should not have happened . . . . It is just really upsetting that with the shooting that occurred the shells were in my gallery.
She also said she had heard reports that Ward was being sought by police.
“People say he was wanted but I don’t understand because how can you be wanted and it wasn’t in the paper or there was no notice by the police alerting members of the public?” she asked.
The shooting has also left residents living in fear and extremely concerned about their safety.
“For all of these years I have been living up in this community and I never see nothing like what happen today in my life.
“It was like a movie scene for me. I stand and hear so many shots I could not even count them. All of a sudden, I saw so many police officers in the area. When I hear the shooting I tell myself somebody dead,” said one resident, who did not want to be identified by name.
“I must say it is very worrying to have this shooting in this district. It happen very close to my home and I am on edge now.
“It is very scary to see shooting happen right in front your eyes. I hope and pray nothing like this ever happen again,” said another woman, who requested anonymity.