KINGSTON, Jamaica — Police say robbery is suspected as the main motive behind the shooting and injuring of the director of corruption at the Integrity Commission as a briefcase, which was reportedly in the director’s possession at the time of the attack, was stolen.
In an interview with OBSERVER ONLINE, Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police, Cleon March identified the shooting victim as Ryan Evans, director of corruption and prevention at the Commission.
The attack happened in the car park at the agency's offices in New Kingston on Thursday morning.
March said Evans was pounced upon by men on motorcycles as he exited his vehicle.
“The pillion proceeded to come off the motorcycle and attacked him (Evans). He pulled a firearm and a struggle took place between the complainant and the pillion. During the struggle, the complainant was shot and the pillion seemed to have left with a black briefcase which seemed to be the subject of his (the attacker’s) curiosity.”
March said the director drove himself to the hospital where he is being treated.
Following the incident, Prime Minister Andrew Holness condemned the attack on behalf of the Government. Dubbing the shooting an “affront to the values of democracy,” Holness said the incident has left the government “deeply concerned.”
The Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) has since called for a swift and thorough investigation into the matter.
“We call on the authorities to provide additional security for the members of the IC as they fight corruption on behalf of the people of Jamaica, including Close Protection Officers when appropriate.”
“Our hearts go out to the entire Commission staff and their families during this difficult time. We understand the fear and uncertainty they may be experiencing. We want to encourage the members and staff of the IC to remain steadfast in the face of these attacks and not be weary in doing good,” the PNP said in its statement.
The PNP expressed its unwavering commitment to ensuring that the work of the Integrity Commission “continues unhindered, free from any threats or intimidation.”
“We believe that all of Jamaica stands united in support of upholding the principles of integrity and accountability within our government,” it continued.
Meanwhile, the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce also condemned the attack while urging the security forces to move “swiftly in response to this heinous act.”