A police officer is currently in the hospital suffering from a gunshot wound to the head, after he was shot late last night by men driving in a black motorcar in the vicinity of Olympic Gardens, Kingston.

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Reports are that the detective sergeant was shot minutes after 8 pm, while carrying out investigations in the Fletchers Land community.

The officer is said to be attached to the Kingston Central CIB branch, and was part of a team that gave chase to a black BMW motorcar, believed to be used to transport men involved a recent murder.

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After the pursuit came to an end in the community of Olympic Gardens, the gunmen alighted from the motor car and began to fire on the officers, resulting in the detective sergeant being shot in the head.

The police officer was rushed to the Kingston Public Hospital where he is currently admitted in serious condition.

The police team has since held a 19-year-old of a Kingston address, that is being processed for questioning.