November 25, 2020 – On November 20, Investigators from The Independent Commission of Investigations’ (INDECOM) Eastern Regional Office responded to and began investigations into the fatal shooting of 65 year old Harrison Palmer and the shooting injury of a 23 year old male graphic artist. The incident occurred in the vicinity of Metcalf and Nuttall Streets in Denham Town, Kingston 14.
It has been reported that six Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) officers were on patrol when they heard explosions and saw persons running. The officers went in the vicinity of the explosions and it is alleged that there was an exchange of gunfire and subsequently two persons were seen in a Nissan AD wagon with gunshot injuries. The third occupant of the vehicle, a graphic designer, was not injured. The police report that a firearm was recovered from the driver’s side of the vehicle.
All forensic material, to include the weapons of all concerned officers, the alleged recovered firearm, one hundred and fifty (150) 5.56mm spent casings and nineteen (19) 9mm spent casings were processed, boxed, sealed and will be submitted to the Government Laboratory for testing.
All six concerned officers have provided statements to the Commission and Section 21 interviews will be conducted next week. The Commission has received initial accounts from both the non-injured witness and the recovering witness who remains stable in the hospital.
Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) soldiers who were in the vicinity of the incident, have also been asked to provide statements.
The Commission has been in contact with the family of the injured passenger and also a son of the deceased, who is a serving member of the JCF. The Commission aims to provide timely updates to all family members and will continue to do so, and we urge their assistance in providing information to us if and when it becomes available to them.
We appeal to all persons who may have witnessed the incident to contact our offices and provide any information to include photos or video footage that they may have. Persons with information about this incident are being asked to call INDECOM at (876) 968-8875, (876) 968-1932. Persons can also send information to whatsapp at 876-553-5555.