Man allegedly attacks cop with knife, fatally shot

PORTLAND Jamaica — A man who was earlier given $200 by a policeman, was fatally shot after he attacked and injured the cop with a knife.

The bizarre incident occurred this morning at Snow Hill in Portland. Up to press time, the dead man had not been identified. The policeman is assigned to the St Mary Division.

It is reported that about 11:30 am, the policeman was at the front of a house doing work, when a man dressed in black pants and black Adidas slippers approached and asked for directions to Port Antonio.

They talked briefly and as the man was about to leave, the policeman, in a kind gesture, took a parcel of money from his pants pocket and gave the man $200 for his taxi fare.

The man walked away, and the cop continued working. However, a few minutes later, the policeman heard footsteps behind him and turned around to see the man with a long black handle, silver blade knife in his right hand.

The man reportedly attacked the cop using the knife to stab at him. The policeman raised his right hand to prevent the knife from stabbing him in his face, and as a result, was cut on his right thumb.

The man allegedly continued to advance toward the cop, who pulled his service firearm and fired three shots in the man’s direction.

The man dropped the knife, ran from the premises, and fell along the roadway. He was found to be bleeding from his chest and was taken to the Port Antonio Hospital where he was pronounced dead about 12.05 pm.

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has since been notified of the incident.

– David Dunkley

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