Dancehall artiste, Elephant Man, is currently under investigation as Jamaican law enforcement work to see if a gun in a video with the deejay and a woman is real. Assistant Superintendent Dahlia Garrick, head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), has confirmed that the investigation is well under way and should be concluded soon.
The video, which has been making the rounds on social media, shows a female in a swimsuit swinging and pointing what looks like a real gun and then passing it to Elephant man. While the female was swinging the gun, bystanders in the background could be heard telling her to stop it.
“We are aware of the matter and it is being investigated,” Garrick told a Jamaican news outlet.
The CCU head said that although they expect the investigation to be wrapped up soon, they are leaving no stones unturned.
“There are certain steps to be taken before we can confirm or enter anything into evidence. It is a video and we have to confirm a number of things to see if the evidence is sufficient to go before the court,” she said.
Toni-Ann Kelly, corporate communications officer at the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA), confirmed to 18 Karat Reggae that Elephant Man does not hold a firearm license. So if the gun is determined to be real it is solely a matter for the police.
If Elephant Man was licensed to carry a firearm, he would have violated codes of ethics, Kelly explained.
“There is process that persons have to go through in safety and handling of a firearm,” she said.
The FLA is responsible for granting, renewing and revoking firearm licenses in Jamaica.