Jamaica Crime News, St James: Angry community members residing in Belmont district, in St. James, lashed out at the police on Tuesday afternoon, March 12, over what they claimed to be the cold-blooded shooting of two of their community members at a house in Belmont.
Those killed have been identified as 35-year-old Kayon Wellington, a laborer of Belmont and a man who is said to be a mental patient known as Ally Hall, of the same address.
Mrs. Marie Reid, who identified herself as Wellington’s aunt, lashed out that he was no gunman, and that Ally has been a mental patient at the Cornwall Regional Hospital for several years, and he too was no gunman.
According to her, she was on a back verandah of her house when the saw several police vehicles driving up the hill. She further stated that they went to the house which was occupied by Wellington, and the next thing she heard was gunfire, and the policemen running all around the house.
She then saw the police dragging the bodies of both men from the house and sped off down the hill.
In the meanwhile, the police gave a totally different side of the story, according to the lawmen shortly after 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, a team of officers carried out an operation at a section of Belmont community known as “Jack Top”, in search of gunmen.
According to the police, upon entering the premises occupied by both men, they came under heavy gunfire from a group of armed men, the fire was returned and both men were shot and killed. Two illegal firearms were also seized.
Errol Chattoo Director of Complaints for the Independent Commission of Investigation (INDECOM), reported that they have commenced an investigation into the shooting of the two men in Belmont community in St James, on Tuesday afternoon.
He pointed out that INDECOM will be conducting interviews with the officers involved in the shooting, and their weapons along with the two illegal guns which were allegedly taken from the men will be boxed and sent off to Kingston for ballistic testing.
Mr. Chattoo also stated that, he and his team interviewed several community members, and he will now be awaiting the forensic testing results in order to proceed effectively with the investigations.
Mckoy’s News team also learned that Wellington was shot and injured by a team of policemen a few years ago after he allegedly fired at them in Montego Bay. That incident is presently before the court and is also being investigating by a team from INDECOM.
Featured image: One of the slain men family members collapsing to the ground in disbelief over his killing and had to be comforted by other family members.