May 31, 2024 – The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) responded to and are investigating the circumstances of the police fatal shooting of 32 year old, Dwayne Beckford. The incident occurred in the afternoon of Thursday, May 30 along Rockland Avenue in Central Village, St. Catherine.

The police reported that they were on intelligence-led duty, when upon approaching a building, a man fired in their direction. All three officers discharged their weapons during the incident.

One black 12 gauge shotgun with serial number was reported as recovered from the deceased.

INDECOM was informed that no body worn camera was issued, assigned or used, in this incident.

As part of the response requirements, INDECOM’s Forensic personnel examined, processed and packaged the evidential material recovered from the incident scene. The hands of the deceased man were swabbed for DNA testing and his body was photographed and sealed, pending post mortem examination.

All officers who were involved in the incident, will be required to provide a statement and were advised to attend INDECOM to be interviewed in relation to their involvement in the fatal shooting.

INDECOM reminds the public, of the importance of independent information in the investigative process, and where photos, videos, or information is available in incidents involving members of the Security Forces, the same should be made available and shared with INDECOM. This information should be shared via INDECOM’s new Whatsapp number (876)553-0000 or persons may contact the office of the Commission at 876-968-1932 or 876-968-8875.

Year to date, fifty-five (55) persons have been shot and killed by the Security Forces, of which eleven (11) occurred in May. In 2023, forty-eight (48) persons were fatally shot at the end of May, of which twelve (12) occurred in May.