May 18, 2021 – The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) responded to and began investigations into two separate fatal shooting incidents by the police on May 17, 2021 in the Corporate Area.
- Fatal Shooting of Shaquille Simpson – Johnson’s Gas Station, Red Hills Square, St. Andrew
The police have reported that at approximately 3:00am, two officers responded to a report of burglary at the Johnson’s Gas Station. On arrival of the police, two men ran from the building and exchanged gunfire with the police officers. The men ran across the road and jumped over a nearby perimeter wall. One of the men was seen suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to the Kingston Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The deceased was identified as 23 year old, Shaquille Simpson.
No firearm was reported as retrieved at the incident scene.
- Fatal Shooting of Ryan Nicholson – Bellrock, Kingston 11
The police have reported that a police team was on patrol in the Bellrock community at approximately 6:00am, when they observed two men, one of whom had a firearm. The men ran in an attempt to elude the police. During the chase of the men, one man was confronted and fired at the police. The officers discharged their weapons and the man was shot. The injured man was taken to the Kingston Public Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The deceased was identified as 38 year old, Ryan Nicholson.
It is further reported that a silver Smith and Wesson 9mm pistol was recovered from the scene.
INDECOM’s Forensic Team alongside officers from JCF Scenes of Crime processed the two incident scenes. The weapons of the concerned officers as well as the recovered firearm were seized, photographed, boxed and sealed for testing at the Government Forensic Laboratory. All concerned officers were served Section 21 notices to furnish statements and attend the offices of INDECOM to be interviewed this week.
Persons with information regarding any of these two incidents are asked to contact INDECOM’s Head Office at (876) 968-8875, (876) 968-1932 or send information via whatsapp at 876-553-5555, to assist in the ongoing investigations.