At least three people including a police officer were killed and several others injured during separate incidents during pre-Carnival activities, the National Police of Haiti (PNH) reported on Tuesday.
PNH deputy spokesman, Inspector Gary Desrosiers, said that during the pre-Carnival activities in Port-au-Prince, on Sunday: two people were killed shot and killed including the policeman.
He said another person was found dead in in Pétion-Ville. The PNH said that 30 people, including 20 from the capital, were also injured, including 11 who were seriously wounded.
Desrosiers said police officer Pierre Mackendy, 39, who was assigned to the police station in Port-au-Prince, died after he was shot during a gun battle with an unidentified person.
He said despite being rushed to hospital, the police was died and that the unidentified gunman was later shot and killed by another policeman.
The PNH deputy spokesman said that several people had been detained for questioning as a result of the shootings which he described as “a very unfortunate incident”.
Desrosiers said that an estimated 400 police officers had been deployed to ensure the safety of persons during the pre-Carnival activities on Sunday.
Haiti will observe the annual Carnival celebrations on March 4-5.