BY RACQUEL PORTER Observer staff reporter firstname.lastname@example.org Saturday, April 29, 2017
Minutes after the 29th Commissioner of Police George Quallo was sworn in, a policeman was killed execution-style on Constant Spring Road in the vicinity of Merl Grove High School in St Andrew.Reports from the police are that their colleague was responding to a call regarding suspicious men on premises on Constant Spring Road when he was shot in the head, back and chest.
Superintendent Mevrol Smith, who is in charge of crime for the Area Four Police Division, told the Jamaica Observer that approximately 3:50 pm the policeman, whose identity has not yet been released, and another colleague responded to a call that took them out of their police district.
According to Smith, the now deceased cop attempted to arrest the suspect, however, the suspect, who was allegedly resisting arrest, managed to disarm the policeman and shot him several times.
The superintendent said members of the Jamaica Defence Force and a private security company saw what was happening and intervened. The suspect allegedly pointed the gun at the soldiers and was subsequently shot.
He was taken to the Kingston Public Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries while undergoing treatment.
He, too, has not yet been identified.
Meanwhile, chairman of the Police Federation Sergeant Raymond Wilson, while condemning the incident, expressed condolence to the policeman's family and colleagues.
The incident caused major traffic pile-up in the Corporate Area, forcing some motorists to drive on the sidewalk.
While speaking at his installation ceremony at Police Officers' Club in St Andrew yesterday, Commissioner Quallo emphatically stated that while he understands that, in certain circumstances, the use of force is the only option for his colleagues, he will not condone the flippant use of deadly force.
“We all can agree that the issues of use of force and people's rights are contentious ones,” the commissioner said.
He acknowledged that there are particular situations that will require use of force, especially against hardened criminals. “Yes, at times, the police will, of necessity, respond with deadly force,” he said and vowed to “vigorously” defend his colleagues when they have no option but to use justifiable force to protect themselves and the lives of citizens. more