INDECOM commences investigations into four fatal shooting incidents in 24 hours
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) says it has commenced investigations into four fatal shooting incidents that took place over the last 24 hours.
Teams have been deployed to investigate three killings on January 9 as well as an incident on January 10.
According to a release on Wednesday, two of the incidents occurred in the Corporate Area, one in St Ann and the other in St James.
In St Ann, INDECOM is investigation the fatal shooting of Dahmaney Higgins.
“On Tuesday, January 9, a team from INDECOM’s Western Regional Office responded to the fatal shooting scene of 21-year-old Dahmaney Higgins at Top Road, St Ann’s Bay, St Ann. It is reported that a police team, acting on information, visited a premises, where they were engaged by men who were fleeing and firing gunshots in their direction. The police report that a chase ensued and a man was fatally shot.
Two firearms were reported as recovered from the incident scene,” the release said.
According to INDECOM, it is also investigating the fatal shooting of Kenroy Roach otherwise called “Ticka Weed” of a St James address.
INDECOM said the police reported that they were confronted by a group of men and gunfire was returned. Roach suffered gunshot injuries and was pronounced dead at the Cornwall Regional Hospital.
He was identified by lawmen as being included on the St James most wanted list.
One firearm, a Glock 9mm pistol, was reported as recovered from the scene of that incident.
INDECOM said it is also investigating the fatal shooting of an unidentified male on a section of St Joseph Road, Kingston.
“It is reported that a police team was dispatched after receiving information of armed men in the area. The officers stated that men were seen with firearms, who fired in the direction of the officers. The officers returned fire, and one man was found with gunshot injuries and pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.
One firearm, a Browning single action pistol, was reported as recovered from the incident scene,” INDECOM said.
The other fatal was that of a male child on 100 Lane, Red Hills Road, Kingston.
INDECOM said it was informed about the about 2:00 pm on Wednesday and a team was dispatched for scene response.
“All concerned officers, who discharged their weapons, provided initial accounts to INDECOM investigators, and were served with Section 21 Notices, pursuant to the Independent Commission of Investigations Act, 2010, to submit statements and attend the office of the commission for interviews,” the release said.
INDECOM is reminding the public that information gathering forms an important part of an investigative process.
“Where photos, videos, or information is available in incidents involving members of the security forces, the same should be made available and shared with INDECOM. Information, photos and videos can be sent to INDECOM’s official WhatsApp at (876)553-5555. The original makers of video footage are especially encouraged to contact the commission to assist with the investigative enquiries,” said INDECOM.
Since the start of the year, INDECOM’s scene response has so far included six fatal shootings, two non-fatal shootings and five discharge of firearms.