A police corporal assigned to the St Mary Division is among three people hospitalized following machete attacks allegedly perpetrated by a mentally ill man in Port Maria yesterday morning, July 6.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) said: “From information received, about 11AM, a man believed to be mentally ill attacked a businessman and another mentally ill person, inflicting several chop wounds to their bodies.

“The police corporal, who intervened and sought assistance for the injured persons to be taken to hospital, was also chopped multiple times,” the JCF added.

It explained that the attacker later barricaded himself inside a house, trapping an ailing elderly man inside.

“The police made several attempts to rescue the ailing man and, during the rescue operation, the mentally challenged man attacked the lawmen and was shot and injured. He has since been hospitalized,” the JCF disclosed.

It stated that the police corporal, along with the two other injured persons, remains in hospital.

The elderly man was not harmed.

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By Mills