St Elizabeth Bailiff  Allegedly Shot Himself in Police Car

Jamaica News, St Elizabeth: A team attached to the Independent Commission of Investigation (INDECOM) and detectives attached to the Black River CIB Department in St Elizabeth, are now carrying out investigation surrounding the allegations that a  Bailiff  from the parish committed suicide on Monday, by shooting himself with his licenced firearm while sitting in the back seat of a police service vehicle.

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.

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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.


  • How is it that a man that was apparently taken into police custody was allowed to be still in possession of a firearm? That does not make any sense to me.

  • They didnt frisk him at all and that story sounds very far fetched u take a man into custody with his gun still on him wat if he waited on them to enter the car and then kill both of them this is just not right

  • This does not make any sense or it could be that these police are I competence and gross negligence. Whatever stupid ignorance tale they trump up to the lose their job is the least of their pro Len hope the family seek the advise of a good attorney

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