Police confirm two killed in Clarendon incident that triggered protestSunday, June 13, 2021
CLARENDON, Jamaica — The police have confirmed that two people were killed and six others injured in Lionel Town, Clarendon last night in an incident, which has angered residents and led to a protest in the community.
The deceased men have been identified as 21-year-old Kavaughn Salmon and 17-year-old Jamoy Blair, both of Top Hill district, Hayes in the parish.
The constabulary's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) in its statement headlined “Double fatal accident in Clarendon”, stressed that the occupants of the vehicle were not shot.
It said: “Reports are that about 8:55 pm, a team of police officers was conducting spot check in the area when they signalled the driver of a Nissan AD Wagon motor car to stop; the driver disobeyed and sped away and eluded the police who went in search of the vehicle.
“While searching the area, the officers came upon a crash site where several persons converged. On approach of the team, shots were reportedly fired at them, the officers returned fire, however no one received gunshot injuries.”
CCU further reported that when the shooting subsided, eight people, who were identified as occupants of the car, were seen with injuries and were taken to hospital for treatment.
Salmon and Blair were pronounced dead on arrival while the others were treated, it added.
From as early as 5:00 am today, residents set fire to debris, which they used to block the road leading to the police station in Hayes to protest the incident.
The police said the Inspectorate and Professional Standards and Oversight Bureau (IPROB), the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) the Traffic Investigators are conducting investigations.
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