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Cop accidentally shot by colleague suffers stroke

Published: 
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Roxanne Sealey

Days before she was due to be discharged from the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Corporal Roxanne Sealey, who was was accidentally shot by a colleague in September, suffered a stroke.

Speaking with the T&T Guardian yesterday, Snr Supt Surrendra Sagramsingh, under whose supervision Sealey fell, said she is believed to have developed a blood clot which travelled to her brain, causing the stroke last Thursday.

Sealey, who lost a kidney and her spleen as a result of the shooting at the San Juan Police Station on September 26, was first warded in the ICU. After being transferred from the ICU, relatives feared she was not receiving the best care and were seeking to have her transferred to a private institution. However, doctors at the hospital advised against it and Sealey was instead transferred to the High Dependency Unit, where she remained for weeks recuperating and was showing good enough progress to be sent home.

Sagramsingh also said the officer who accidentally shot Sealey is still traumatised by the incident, as he shared a close working relationship with her. The officer, who is attached to the warrant office of the Court and Process Branch, remains on active duty while the Professional Standards Bureau investigates the matter. The officer was checking his loaded firearm at the station when it accidentally went off. The bullet grazed his finger before hitting Sealey in the abdomen.