Jamaican investigators have charged five police officers for seriously wounding a teenage girl with what witnesses allege was reckless shooting.

The Independent Commission of Investigations probes abuse allegations against the Caribbean country's security forces. It has the power to arrest and charge police and soldiers accused of wrongdoing.

On Wednesday, it charged five police officers in the June 30th shooting of a high school student who was a passenger in a taxi stopped by police. The girl was shot in the head during the traffic stop but survived.

Four of the officers were charged with misconduct and failure to answer questions. The senior officer also refused to respond and was charged with wounding with intent.

Lawyers for the accused officers could not immediately be contacted.