June 15, 2022 – Two teams from the Independent Commission of Investigations’ (INDECOM’s) South Eastern Regional Office responded to and began investigations into two separate fatal shooting incidents, by the police. The two incidents, which resulted in the death of two men, occurred in St. Catherine and St. Mary. The deceased men have been identified as 25 year old Robert Duncan and 42 year old Marlon Bell respectively.
One firearm was reported as recovered from each incident scene – a Ruger 9mm pistol with a partial serial number and a Colt pistol with serial number. The hands of both deceased men were tested for gunshot residue, and their bodies were photographed and sealed for storage, pending post mortem examination.
The first incident scene, occurred at the intersection of William and French Streets in Spanish Town, St. Catherine in the afternoon of June 14. The fatal incident involved one off-duty police officer who is alleged to have fired at a man, who was seen running towards him with a firearm pointed at him (police officer).
The second incident happened in the early morning of June 15, in the community of Crab Hall in Annotto Bay, St. Mary. The police have reported that three officers, acting on information, went to a premises where an exchange of gunfire ensued, and a man was subsequently seen with gunshot injuries.
Both men were taken to the public hospitals in the respective parishes, where they were pronounced dead.
All four concerned officers, involved in both incidents, provided initial accounts to INDECOM Investigators and were served section 21 Notices, to submit statements and attend interviews in relation to this incident. The two alleged recovered firearms as well as the weapons of the concerned officers were processed and will be transported to the Government Forensic Laboratory for testing.
INDECOM is encouraging persons to share any information in relation to these incidents, by contacting the Commission’s Head Office (876-968-8875) or sharing any details via whatsapp at (876) 553-5555.