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INDECOM probing St Ann police killing of taxi-driver

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 | 6:50 AM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica - THE Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has launched a probe into last Friday’s shooting death of 35-year-old taxi driver Rohan Lewis on Windsor Road in St Ann’s Bay, St Ann.

 Lewis, a resident of Buckfield in St Ann’s Bay, was shot by an off-duty police officer during a visit to his mechanic.

 According to information the INDECOM received from the police, Lewis visited the Downtown Auto Parts when an he got into an altercation with the mechanic.

 The constable, who is attached to the Montego Hills Police Station and who was at the shop, intervened and an altercation developed between him and Lewis. Lewis allegedly pulled a knife and advanced toward the constable and was shot.

 However, residents blocked the roads in protest, claiming that Lewis never had a knife when he was shot.

 The scene was processed jointly by INDECOM’s forensics team and the Technical Services Department of the Jamaica Constabulary Force. The hands of the officer involved were swabbed and items of clothing requested and secured. The firearm, a 9mm Browning pistol, was also secured for testing, according to INDECOM.

INDECOM says its investigators will be serving the relevant notices during the course of the week and will be re-canvassing the area for potential witnesses.

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