Jamaica Crime News, Westmoreland: Detectives attached to the Savanna-la-mar CIB Department and a team of investigators from the Westmoreland Fire Department, say they are now carrying out investigations, surrounding a fire which completely destroyed the home of slain police officer Rohan Bucknor, while his funeral service was being held on Saturday, September 29.
42-year-old, Constable Rohan Bucknor, who was attached to the Little London Police Department, was shot and killed by a lone gunman while at a barber shop in Westmoreland, on Sunday, August 19.
Reports are that shortly after 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, the funeral service for the slain officer was being held at the Torrington Wesleyan Holiness Church in Hartford when an alarm was raised that the family house was on fire.
Several police officers and firefighters attached to the Westmoreland stations rushed to the scene and discovered the house being engulfed in flames.
The fire which is believed to have been the work of arsonists, completely destroyed Bucknor’s family home with all its content.
The Westmoreland police say this is a very unusual situation, but they have commenced a full investigation into the incident.
About 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, Constable Bucknor who resides in Hartford District, went to a barber shop in the neighboring community of Petersfield to get a haircut.
He was sitting inside the barber shop watching the Digicel Rising Star when one man wearing a mask entered the establishment.
The masked man brandished a handgun and opened fire hitting Constable Bucknor to his upper body before escaping on a waiting motorcycle.
The police were summoned and upon arrival, the wounded Constable was rushed to the Savanna-la-mar Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Upon visiting the community our news team was informed that Constable Bucknor, who has been serving over 20 years in the Jamaica Constabulary Force, was a well-respected member of his community.
The Minister of National Security, Dr. Horace Chang also visited the family home and paid his respect to the fallen officer’s family.