A resident of Conaree has been taken to hospital, after withstanding a bullet wound to her hand.

It is believed the woman was hurt as a result of shots being fired by law enforcement officers on the evening of August 30.

It has been alleged that the shot was fired by a soldier. The bullet went through the house where the injured resident was hurt, only after the bullet missed the head of a male resident.

No comment has been made by the St. Kitts and Nevis police to confirm whether the police and soldiers were on a joint operation the area that evening.

The injured resident has been taken to the J. N. France General Hospital for treatment.

The shooting follows the recent concerns expressed by leader of the opposition, Dr. Denzil Douglas, regarding the publication of a proclamation calling for the St. Kitts and Nevis Defence Force to serve “in aid of the civil powers with their arms and ammunition for six months.”

The federation’s governor general Sir. Tapley Seaton indicated in his June 23 proclamation that he had been advised by cabinet in a meeting to implement the defence force to support the civil powers.

“Exceptional operational, strategic and tactical operations are proactively being done in the interest of citizens and residents’ safety, which my Team Unity administration recognises is imperative to protect, in order to advance the emotional and economic well-being of the people who live, work and invest in our beautiful country,” said PM Harris, who also acts as the security minister for St. Kitts and Nevis.

However, opposition leader Dr. Douglas has called out the government’s utilisation of the defence force in these circumstances as concerning, stating that “while it is necessary that the police and the defence force collaborate in the fight against crime, it is the withholding of information from the public, the lack of the requisite police training for the defence force, the risk of abuse of fundamental human rights of the citizens and residents of our country and collateral civilian casualties like what happens during the Tivoli Gardens (Jamaica) Massacre that have generated due concern on the part of the Opposition.”