Chang not surprised by rogue cops

Chang not surprised by rogue cops

... Expecting 'thorough' investigation

Thursday, May 02, 2019

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MINISTER of National Security Dr Horace Chang says he is expecting a “detailed and thorough” investigation into the matter involving the three cops who allegedly shot a man to death in Chedwin Park, St Catherine, Sunday morning, while driving a police service vehicle and carrying police-issued guns.

Chang, who was speaking to the Jamaica Observer on Tuesday following a press statement by Prime Minister Andrew Holness and World Bank Vice-President Alex Van Trostenburg at the Office of the Prime Minister in St Andrew, described the lawmen's actions as tragic.

The minister said while he was not surprised by the reports which surfaced, neither himself nor the Government wanted to have seen it happening.

“It goes against all our policies. Anything to do with murder is something that we are concerned about and certainly, when it happens within the security forces, it is something that we are even further concerned about. [However] one would not want to make any judgemental comments until we have the full investigation and any forensics out of it,” the minister said.

Initial reports are that Sheldon Daley was at Chedwin Park when he was approached by two men who opened fire, killing him.

The men tried to escape in a waiting vehicle but were chased by an off-duty cop, who engaged them in a shoot-out along Old Harbour Road, Featherbed Lane and Jobs Lane.

The vehicle carrying the three men collided with another car at the intersection of Jobs Lane and Brunswick Avenue where the shoot-out ended.

It was later discovered that one of the rogue cops had been fatally shot, a second was taken into custody, while the the other managed to escape.

The driver of the vehicle, which collided with the car carrying the cops, also died at the scene. Police on Monday identified him as 32-year-old Kevron Burrell. Three other people in the car were injured and taken to hospital.

There have been conflicting reports since Sunday as to the status of the three cops who were travelling in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) unmarked vehicle, with JCF-issued firearms and blue flashing lights used by the police on official business.

On Tuesday, the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) offered clarity and an update on the shooting incident.

INDECOM said neither Daley nor Burrell was in possession of a firearm.

“It has been ascertained that the three men in the white Nissan AD Wagon (police service vehicle) were all off-duty police officers attached to the JCF Mobile Reserve,” INDECOM said.

“INDECOM confirms that the two surviving police officers from the white Nissan AD Wagon were on bail to the Circuit Court on two different murder charges,” INDECOM continued.

The investigative outfit said it is conducting a number of parallel investigations and is enquiring about the status of the charged officers and why they were not suspended from full police duty, as well as trying to establish how these officers were able to secure a police service vehicle, police guns and ammunition to embark on the incident.

According to INDECOM, the enquiry is complex.

At the same time the commission is appealing to anybody who witnessed or has any information regarding the incident to contact INDECOM at 876-968-1932, 876-968-8875.

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