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Jamaican accused of shooting US police officers

February 29, 2024

WASHINGTON, CMC – A Jamaican man, Stephen Claude Rattigan, 48, has been accused of shooting three police officers in Washington DC.

The shooting reportedly occurred on February 14 and led to an hours-long standoff.

According to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Rattigan, who is in the country illegally,  reportedly has a criminal history that dates back to 1995, including previous convictions for larceny and drug charges.

ICE says he was deported to Jamaica in 2001 and re-entered the United States illegally.

Rattigan was arrested on February 14 hours after police attempted to serve a warrant at his home for alleged animal cruelty.

The police report that a  concerned citizen called the Washington Humane Society in early January over concerns of dogs being neglected at Rattigan’s home.

When officers arrived, Rattigan fired several shots through his front door, hitting three officers.

He then barricaded himself inside and refused to come out for 12 hours.

The standoff ended with the peaceful arrest of Rattigan.

He faces three counts of assault on a police officer, cruelty to animals, and aggravated assault.

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