INDECOM probes fatal shooting by soldier at SOE checkpoint
A man was shot and killed by a soldier in the vicinity of a Kingston Central SOE checkpoint on Monday.

KINGSTON, Jamaica— The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has launched a probe into the fatal shooting of a man by a member of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) in the vicinity of a Kingston Central checkpoint on Laws Street on Monday.

The deceased has been identified as 24-year-old Terron Hewitt.

READ: Man killed by soldier near SOE checkpoint in Kingston

A video purportedly capturing the incident has since gone viral on social media.

According to reports from members of the JDF, a confrontation occurred between members of the public and a group of soldiers at a Kingston Central checkpoint. During the confrontation, one soldier discharged his weapon at Hewitt, who was then taken to the Kingston Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

No members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) were present or involved in this incident, INDECOM said.

The Commission added that no firearm was reported as recovered or in the possession of the deceased at the time of the incident.

Last week, Prime Minister Andrew Holness declared states of emergency (SOEs) in the parishes of Clarendon, St Catherine and sections of Kingston and St Andrew, stating that the increase in crime and violence presents a threat to property and public order.

READ: PM declares States of Emergency in several parishes

The commission is urging members of the public who witnessed the incident to come forward to assist with the investigation. Individuals are therefore asked to contact the Commission’s Office with information by sending the photos and videos to INDECOM’s official WhatsApp at (876)553-5555.

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