The incident was filmed on a phone, and the video became viral on the Internet.
On Saturday, the officers had arrived at a murder scene in Taaibos, New Horizon, where they found the body of 23-year-old Marcel Clinton Williams.
“Williams was allegedly stabbed by his girlfriend’s father after the two [the girlfriend and deceased] had an argument. The girlfriend allegedly reported the altercation with her boyfriend to her dad. Afterwards, the dad and other family members went to confront him,” police spokesperson Captain Malcolm Pojie advised.
The 53-year-old suspect had been detained at home, but the resentful residents started threatening and attacking the police officers.
“They pelted the police officers with stones and in the process the station commander sustained a wound to his jaw for which he later received medical treatment. The manner in which certain residents of New Horizon tried to take the law into their own hands left much to be desired, following an attack on police officers. Attacking those who put their lives at stake to protect the very community by arresting a murder suspect cannot be tolerated.”