June 14, 2021 – The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) commenced its independent enquiry into a single vehicle, multiple fatal road traffic collision, in which three male occupants died and a further six occupants were injured, some of whom remain in a critical condition. The incident, which also involved the police discharging their firearms at the location of the vehicle crash, occurred along the Lionel Town Main Road, Clarendon, on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at approximately 8:55pm.
The deceased males have been identified as Kevon Salmon, Janoy Blair and Devonte Johnson.
INDECOM’s investigation will seek to determine all actions taken by the police officers to determine the circumstances which resulted in the death and injuries.
The police have reported that officers were on mobile patrol when they observed a white Nissan AD wagon driving recklessly along the roadway. The officers went in pursuit of the vehicle, which was subsequently seen crashed in a cane field. The police further reported that upon approaching the incident scene, they were allegedly fired upon by two men, and they returned fire in their direction. The identities of those two men are unknown.
A full forensic examination of the incident scene was conducted, to include the processing of the Nissan AD wagon. Occupants of the vehicle were swabbed for gunshot residue. No firearm was reported as recovered from the scene.
All medical reports, to include postmortem examinations and hospital records, will be assessed to determine the nature and possible cause of the injuries sustained by the nine occupants of the vehicle. A further update will be provided when this information is available.
Witness statements have been taken from two of the injured persons in the car, and their evidence, along with other survivors will assist in establishing the fullest facts. The two survivors interviewed do not report any of the vehicle’s occupants firing at the police or being in possession of any firearm.
The officers involved in this incident have provided an initial account and will be required to provide statements and attend the office of the Commission for interviews. Their weapons were collected, boxed and sealed for testing at the Government Laboratory.
Yesterday, a team from INDECOM, to include Commissioner Hugh Faulkner, visited the incident scene and had dialogue with protesting residents and family members, in an effort to explain the investigative process and canvass for witnesses.
Anybody who has witnessed or has any information regarding this incident are being asked to contact INDECOM at 876-968-1932, 876-968-8875 or via whatsapp at 876-553-5555.