ST THOMAS, Jamaica— Police have now identified the second of two people who were shot dead by an off-duty policeman in St Thomas three weeks ago.
The second deceased was recently identified as 16-year-old Hencel Mason, a resident of Jones Avenue in Spanish Town, St Catherine.
The first deceased was identified a few days after the incident as Alwayne Thompson of Heartease, Yallahs in the parish. Both men were reportedly shot after one of them was seen with a gun.
Much information could not be gathered about Mason, but Thompson is said to have a criminal history in the parish after being charged several times before. He has also done prison time.
Reports were that about 9:20 pm, the policeman, who is assigned to the Yallahs Police Station, was on his way home, when upon reaching a section of the roadway, two men, one of whom had a firearm, walked across the thoroughfare.
The cop stopped his vehicle and disembarked with his firearm in hand, and subsequently informed the men that he was a member of the police force.
The armed man then allegedly pointed the weapon in the direction of the lawman who took evasive action and fired in their direction. Both men were shot, and the firearm seized.
The Yallahs Police were notified of the incident and the men were assisted to the hospital where they were pronounced dead.