August 30, 2021 – The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) responded to and began investigations into the fatal shooting of an unidentified man in the vicinity of Bog Walk Gorge and Sligoville Main Road in St. Catherine on Saturday, August 28, 2021, by an off duty police officer.
The police have reported that an off duty officer became engaged in the pursuit of a Toyota Probox, with three male occupants, who had allegedly stolen cable wires. During the chase, the Toyota Probox collided with a vehicle travelling in the opposite direction. INDECOM Investigators were further informed that two of the occupants, of the Probox, ran from the incident scene, and at least one of the men is reported to have fired at the police officer. It is alleged that the third man approached and attacked the officer with a knife, causing him an injury. The officer fired at the man with the knife. This unidentified man was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Two persons, from the other vehicle involved in the collision, were treated for their injuries.
The incident scene was processed by INDECOM and the weapon of the officer, as well as the recovered knife, were boxed and sealed for testing. The hands of the deceased were swabbed for gunshot residue. No firearm was reported as recovered from the scene.
An initial account of the incident was provided to INDECOM Investigators by the off duty officer. The officer was issued a Section 21 Notice to furnish a statement and attend INDECOM, to be interviewed, in relation to this incident.
All initial accounts received by the Commission are recognized as preliminary information, and will undergo the requisite investigative and forensic examination. The assistance of the public is also important, and persons are therefore reminded to contact the Commission and share any information that will be useful in ongoing investigations.