INDECOM investigates fatal shooting of six men in St. James

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has launched an investigation into the fatal shooting of six men in a joint military/ police operation in Goodwill, St. James last night.

The operation, which involved members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and the Mobile Reserve of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), was in response to alleged information received about a gang involved in recent shootings in the area of Barrett Town in the parish.

The vehicles in which the alleged gunmen were travelling, were intercepted during the operation. Gunfire was exchanged between the men and members of the security forces.

There is evidence of visible damage to one of the JDF vehicles involved in the operation.

Four handguns were recovered at the scene, which it is alleged belonged to the gunmen. The six men, who are still unidentified, were pronounced dead at the Cornwall Regional Hospital.

Our team, who are still on scene, has been on the ground since late last night conducting forensic examinations, interviewing members of the security forces, canvassing for witnesses and other investigations.

The members of the JDF have been very cooperative during the investigations.

A further press statement will be issued, as the investigations continue.


Is This A Police Massacre?

As INDECOM investigates an apparent “massacre” by joint/military team in the western end of Jamaica … police reportedly shot six dead in a single operation. An amazing feat, indeed!

The police through its area commander Nesbeth reports that a notorious gang engaged the security forces on or about Sunday, January 14, 2017. When the gun smoke cleared, 6 members of the alleged gang who were reportedly travelling in a “taxi” were injured. They were all pronounced dead at hospital.

Actg. Police Commissioner Novelette Grant lauded the security team, even as she regrets the loss of lives.

The police has reported that four 9 mm guns were recovered as a search for more weapons continues.

INDECOM is investigating the alleged “shoot out” to see if there was wrongdoing, as the police seem to be gloating at their “exploit.” The Police seem to have the support of some citizens.

Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie is Senior International Correspondent & photojournalist for Vision Newspaper.

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