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Six arrested after shots exchanged with police

Police arrested six men over the weekend for questioning in reference to firearm possession.

Police reported that around 4:30 a.m. on Sunday, officers of the Central Detective Unit were in the parking lot of the Independence Shopping Centre, when they observed the occupants of a white Nissan Maxima, traveling on Tonique Williams Darling Highway firing gunshots.

Officers pursued the men, who at the roundabout of the Sir Milo Butler Highway, traveled north onto Bethel Avenue and fired gunshots at police.

Police returned fire, which resulted in two of the men receiving gunshot injuries to the face.

The men were taken to hospital by emergency medical services personnel, where they were both detained in stable condition.

The other four men in the vehicle remain in police custody.

During the pursuit none of the officers involved were injured.

Police were able to recover a handgun along with a quantity of ammunition.

Police also reported that on Saturday they had confiscated 500 firearms along with 11,659 rounds of ammunition off the streets of The Bahamas for the year.

In 2010, police confiscated just 305 firearms.

In another incident, a 30-year-old resident of Miami Street is in police custody after he was found in possession of a handgun and ammunition on Friday.

Initial police reports indicate that officers were on routine patrol around 8:45 p.m. on Palmetto Avenue off East Street, when they observed the man acting suspiciously.

Officers conducted a search of the man and discovered the weapon and ammunition.

Active police investigations into all of these matters continue.

Superintendent Stephen Dean on Saturday said that people with firearms should turn them in.

He said police realize that firearms are responsible for the majority of deaths in the country.

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