GUNMEN yesterday shot and killed a retired senior policeman, shocking the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
The retired cop was identified as Deputy Superintendent Roy Denzil Boyd, who was reportedly shot at his gate in Queensborough, St Andrew, as he returned from church.
The incident occurred about 10:54 am, a Jamaica Observer police source said. The source added that Boyd was attacked by two gunmen, one of whom asked him if was aware of any premises for rent in the area.
"By the time he responded, they just pulled their guns and started firing," he said.
Boyd's licensed firearm was reportedly stolen by his attackers.
Yesterday, commanding officer for the St Catherine North Police Division, Senior Superintendent Anthony Castell, expressed shock at Boyd's death. Both policemen worked together and had developed a relationship over the years.
"We worked together in St James; he was the crime officer and I was the officer in charge of operations," said Castell. "He was a good friend, hard-working dedicated, and a family man.
"I am really sorry to hear about what took place," Castell said, adding that other colleagues were equally distressed by the killing.
Police Commissioner Owen Ellington described the incident as a "shameless, heartless and senseless act", as he offered condolences to Boyd's family.
"Our hearts go out to the family in their time of sorrow. The entire Jamaica Constabulary Force family shares your grief. The JCF is here to assist you in any way possible," said Ellington, who implored members of the public with information on the incident to come forward.
Condolences were also offered by President of the Police Officers' Association, Senior Superintendent Glenford Hudson, on behalf of all members. Hudson said that Boyd had an exemplary record of accomplishment in the Jamaica Constabulary Force, and "is fondly remembered as a man who always saw the glass as half-full, never half-empty".
"It is time for us as Jamaicans to recognise that the justice system requires the active participation of the citizens if it is to function effectively. Witnesses must come forward and tell the police what they know," urged Hudson.
Boyd is the second retired policemen gunned down in the last six months. Last September retired Senior Superintendent Anthony 'Tony' Hewitt died after being shot by thugs as he drove into an apartment complex on Donmair Close, also in St Andrew.