Jamaica Crime News, Westmoreland: Director of Complaints for INDECOM, Errol Chattoo, told our news team that a full-scale probe has now been launched, into the fatal shooting of a motorcycle taxi operator in Westmoreland on Saturday morning, May 12.
Chattoo says they are still gathering statements from disgruntled residents of the community where the victim resides. Family members who were present at the scene are now saying that the alleged gunman was killed in cold blood.
The Independent Commission of Investigation Complainants Director says they are also now awaiting the ballistic report and the forensic report.
In the meanwhile, the police are still sticking to their statements that the slain man is believed to have been involved in the murder of a PNP political activist on Thursday, in Negril, Westmoreland. The accused was fatally shot by the police at his home in the Sheffield area on Saturday morning.
The dead man has been identified as, Shem Beck, otherwise called “Puggy” 29-year-old motorcycle taxi- operator of Capture Land in Westmoreland. He was fatally shot after being fingered in the murder of Mickey Dawes, Rastafarian businessman of West End, Negril and Constituency Leader for the People’s National Party in Western Westmoreland.
Investigators say about 4:30 a.m. on Saturday, a team of officers went to the house in Capture Land occupied by Beck and other family members, and he was shot and killed. A family member of the deceased told our news team that the dead man who is not a bad individual was in bed when the lawmen came and kicked in the door to his house.
It is further reported that, other family members were dragged from the house by the lawmen who then returned inside and shot him to death.
Following the fatal shooting, several angry community members gathered at the scene and lashed out at the police. The angry residents complained to a team attached to INDECOM who were also at the scene and stated that they are now demanding justice.
Shortly after 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dawes was on his construction site in West End Negril overseeing a dream house which he was building in the area.
It is further reported that while at the site a motor car with three men on board drove up and one of the men asked for Mr. Dawes. He was pointed in his direction and the men reportedly brandished handguns and opened fire hitting him several times to his upper body.
The men then reportedly stole his licensed firearm.
INDECOM Errol Chattoo comments on fatal shooting
By Henry Bucknor