September 24, 2021 – The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) responded to and began investigations into the fatal shooting of a mentally ill man in Linstead Market in St. Catherine this morning, by the police. The deceased has been identified as 25 year old, Alwayne Shakespeare.

INDECOM was also advised of the fatal wounding of Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) officer, Detective Constable Paul Gordon, in the Township of Linstead. The Commission extends condolences and sympathies to the family, colleagues and friends of Detective Constable Gordon and Mr. Shakespeare.

It is reported that police officers, whilst seeking the person responsible for the attack upon Detective Constable Gordon, encountered Mr. Shakespeare in the Linstead Market. During the encounter, it is alleged that Mr. Shakespeare confronted the officers with a machete and was subsequently shot.

Both incident scenes were processed jointly by INDECOM and the Major Investigation Division of the JCF. INDECOM’s investigation will include gathering of forensic evidence for testing, interviews of law enforcement officers, witness canvassing and statement collections.

The assistance of the public is very important, and persons are therefore reminded to contact the Commission’s Head Office and share any information that will be useful to this investigation.