Jamaica Crime News, St Elizabeth: A team of investigators attached to the Independent Commission of Investigation (INDECOM), the Black River CIB Department in St Elizabeth and the Inspectorate of Constabulary are now carrying out an investigation to determine if a team of officers are to be charged with neglect.
The investigation is being carried out after it is alleged that a Bailiff who hails from the parish, committed suicide on Monday, by shooting himself with his licensed firearm while sitting in the back seat of a police service vehicle.
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The deceased has been identified as, Leslie Barrett, otherwise called, “Wayne” 58-year-old former Court Bayliff of Luana Housing scheme also in St Elizabeth.
One police source in the parish says, the investigations are being carried out to determine if the deceased really took his own life and also to determine why he was taken into custody and placed into a police service vehicle with a firearm in his possession.
The Black River police have reported that about 8:30 a.m. on Monday, July 16, a team of officers intercepted a Honda motor car which was being driven by Barrett along a section of the Rocky Hill main road.
Barrett who the police say was being sought as a person of Interest, was signaled to stop and he complied. He was ordered from the vehicle and taken into custody.
Further reports by the police are that Barrett was placed in the back seat of the police service vehicle to sit down. The lawmen were still standing on the outside of the vehicle when they heard a loud explosion.
They rushed to the vehicle and saw Barrett slumped in the rear of the car with a single bullet wound to his head. His licensed Glock pistol was lying beside him. The wounded man was transported to the Black River hospital where he was pronounced dead.