January 2, 2021 – INDECOM has commenced investigations into the fatal shooting of a 14 year old boy, Yuhembi Bryson on January 1, 2021, which occurred on Dexter Street in Savanna La Mar, Westmoreland.
It has been reported that a joint military and police team were on patrol in the community when a shootout ensued. The teenage boy was found with gunshot injuries, transported to the hospital by members of the community, and later succumbed to the injuries sustained. No firearm was reported as recovered at this scene.
The incident scene was visibly hostile, and INDECOM personnel were required to assist in de-escalation efforts. INDECOM processed the incident scene and all weapons of the concerned officers were collected, boxed and sealed for processing at the Government Laboratory. The body of the teen was processed and his hands swabbed for gunshot residue. Whilst initial accounts were provided by the members of the JDF team, the JCF officers declined to provide an account.
All concerned officers (JCF and JDF personnel) were served with Section 21 notices to attend for interviews and provide statements on January 4, 2021.
The Commission is imploring all persons who were present at the incident scene to contact the INDECOM Western Regional Office and give information to assist with the investigations. Persons with information can call INDECOM at (876) 968-8875 or (876) 968-1932 or send information via whatsapp messaging at (876) 553-5555.