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Cops charged in connection with shooting of colleague

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, March 26, IWN – Three police officers were on Monday released on bail after being charged in connection with the shooting of one of their colleagues last year.

Sergeant 151 Julians Morgan, along with Constables 335 Orlando Collins and PC 45 Adrian Forde, were arrested and charged in connection with the shooting of Corporal 351 Milford Edwards, in Kingstown on Dec. 5.

Police had originally said that the incident, which saw Edward shot and injured in the shoulder, was friendly fire.

But Director of Public Prosecution, Colin Williams, this month ordered that charges be brought against the officers and later warned that the delay by the police to lay the charges contravened the Criminal Code.

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The Police Public Relations Department said on Tuesday that Morgan and Collins are charged with five counts: unlawful and malicious wounding; (unlawful discharging of a firearm; excessive use of force; acting in a manner so rash or so negligent as to be likely to cause harm to a person; and conspiracy to defeat the course of Justice.

Forde was charged with conspiracy to defeat the course of justice.

When they appeared before the Serious Offences Court in Kingstown, on Monday, Morgan and Collins were placed on EC$25, 000 bail with one surety, while Forde received EC$7,000 bail with one surety.

The men were asked to surrender all travel documents and not to leave the state without permission of the Court.

The matter is adjourned to May 28 and 29, 2013.

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