Police High Command expresses sadness at death of cop killed in domestic dispute
Police constable Damien Blair.

MANCHESTER, Jamaica – The Police High Command has offered condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of police constable Damien Blair, who was killed during an alleged domestic dispute at his home in Somerset District, Mandeville, Manchester on Monday.

Blair, 41, was assigned to the Manchester Division.

Reports from the Mandeville police are that about 6:25 pm, Blair was reportedly shot inside his home by his wife. He ran from the house but collapsed at his gate, where further wounds were inflicted on him with a hammer.

READ: Cop shot dead in Manchester - Wife under police guard in hospital

The police were summoned and upon their arrival, Blair was seen lying in a pool of blood. His wife was also found inside the house with a laceration to her wrist, which investigators theorise was self-inflicted.

Blair’s wife remains in hospital under police guard.

A police source confirmed to OBSERVER ONLINE that investigators found the licensed pistol and evidence of items used during the dispute, including two hammers and a machete at the couple’s house.

Residents and relatives of Blair claimed that the couple was embroiled in disputes for several years during their 13-year relationship— of which they were married for about eight years.

READ: UPDATE: Licensed firearm, hammers, machete among weapons used in deadly Manchester domestic dispute —police

The Force’s Chaplaincy Branch and Welfare Department are providing support to the family members, friends and colleagues of Constable Blair.

Relatives say Blair has been a member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force for over two decades.

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