May 8, 2024 – The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) responded to and are investigating the circumstances of three incidents which resulted in the fatal shooting of six men. The incidents occurred on May 7 in St. Catherine and May 8 in Kingston and Westmoreland.

This morning’s incident in Kingston, which ended in the vicinity of King and Charles Streets, is a live investigation as members of the investigative team are still completing enquiries. The incident resulted in four persons being killed and five weapons (three pistols, an m16 and a rifle) were reported as recovered. The police have stated that a police team were on patrol when they were fired on by a group of men travelling in a motor vehicle and a pursuit ensued which extended across multiple streets. The men remain unofficially identified at the time of this initial report. INDECOM was also informed that a police officer from another responding team was injured by another group of men and is being treated.

The fatal shooting in Westmoreland, is also a live investigation as members of the investigative team are still completing enquiries. It is reported that officers were on a targeted operation in the community of Sterling District in Grange Hill, Westmoreland searching for prohibited weapons. During the operation, a man reportedly shot at the police, who then fired in return. The 29 year old male, Pete Bowen, was identified as the deceased in this incident.  A firearm was reported as recovered from the scene.

The other shooting incident which occurred, on May 7, in the community of Waterford in St. Catherine resulted in the fatal shooting of 19 year old, Kevaughn Bhalai and the recovery of a Smith and Wesson revolver with serial number. The police reported that upon entering a house, based on information received, a man who was seen in a room, pointed a firearm in their direction and in return they fired at the man.

The six men were pronounced dead at hospital.

INDECOM was not informed of a body worn camera being issued, assigned or used, in any of the incidents.

As part of the response requirements, INDECOM’s Forensic personnel examine, process and package the evidential material recovered from the incident scenes. The hands of the deceased men are swabbed for DNA testing and their bodies photographed and sealed, pending post mortem examination.

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

INDECOM is appealing to any person who witnessed any of the three fatal shooting incidents, to contact the office of the Commission at 876-968-1932. INDECOM reminds members of the public, that information gathering is a critical aspect of an 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.

Year to date, fifty persons have been shot and killed by the Security Forces, of which six occurred in May.

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