INDECOM probing fatal shooting by off-duty cop at Manchester bar
MANCHESTER, Jamaica-The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) says it is probing the fatal shooting of Ivanhoe Stewart, 52, by an off-duty cop at a bar in Comfort in Manchester on Tuesday.
Comfort is located a few miles south of Mandeville, in the parish.
INDECOM in a press release said the incident occurred at a bar and lounge in the community.
INDECOM said the off-duty police officer reported that Stewart was a customer at the bar when the officer noticed a firearm in Stewart’s hand. A reported tussle ensued when the officer stated that he attempted to disarm the man.
The officer subsequently shot at the man using the seized firearm. The man succumbed to the injuries sustained.
The firearm allegedly seized from the incident was a black Taurus G2C with serial number.
INDECOM said the incident scene was examined by its forensic personnel and the evidential material recovered, was processed and packaged.
Stewart’s hands were swabbed for gunshot residue.
INDECOM said the concerned officer provided an initial account to its team and was served with a Section 21 Notice, pursuant to the Independent Commission of Investigations Act, 2010, to submit a statement and an interview will be scheduled.
INDECOM says it has launched eight fatal shooting investigations for January 2024.