INDECOM starts probe in fatal Trafalgar Road shootingThursday, May 13, 2021
THE Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) commenced its independent enquiry into Monday's fatal police shooting of two men on Trafalgar Road, Kingston 10.
An INDECOM release said there has been some speculation, confusion and inaccuracy in the initial reports carried in broadcasts, which require clarity.
According to INDECOM, the police reported that upon receipt of information concerning a fatal shooting incident in the Swallowfield community, details of a vehicle believed to have gunmen were transmitted. The vehicle was spotted and intercepted on Trafalgar Road, where three officers initially confronted the occupants. During that encounter gunshots were fired. “The details of the circumstances of the discharge of weapons are under examination,” said INDECOM.
“Multiple video recordings from social media, private locations and JamaicaEye will be examined by INDECOM to ascertain the chronology of the events. The commission awaits access to view some of the material,” said the commission.
“INDECOM can confirm that two men were shot and killed arising from the police intervention. These men are still being unidentified. A third man escaped from the scene.
“INDECOM can [also] report that one of the three men from the suspect vehicle ran into a nearby apartment complex, Abbey Court. That man, dressed in blue jeans and a dark camouflage T-shirt, was handcuffed within the grounds of the complex. He was then placed in the rear section of a police vehicle, which then drove away from the scene.
“That same arrested man was subsequently observed on social media recordings lying on Trafalgar Road. The arrested man is one of the two deceased. A post-mortem examination will determine the nature and cause of death of both men, which includes the driver of the suspect vehicle,” said the commission.
It said, too, that the scene examination revealed that at least four motor vehicles were struck with bullets. In addition to the suspect vehicle, these included a police car and two civilian vehicles. One civilian vehicle was struck once to the rear windshield, the other at least five times to the rear. The police vehicle received at least five bullet strikes to the front, and the suspect vehicle received at least 42 bullet strikes.
Two firearms were reported as being recovered from within the suspect vehicle, and more than 70 9mm casings were recovered from the scene.
The concerned officers, said INDECOM, have provided an initial account and will be interviewed in the coming days.
INDECOM said its enquiry will include:
* A review of the JamaicaEye footage as well as other CCTV evidence available to understand the series of events which resulted in death and damage to property;
* To determine the number of people who were travelling in the suspect vehicle and their chain of custody; and
* To seek any witness to either the initial police encounter or the subsequent arrest of a man in Abbey Court.
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