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Farmer allegedly shot by cop while selling produce

Published:Saturday | November 28, 2015 | 11:00 AM

When Osbourne Grant left the hills of Epping Farm, St Andrew to sell his farm produce in downtown Kingston, little did he know that he would not make it back home.

The 48-year-old vendor, also known as Fire, was allegedly shot and killed in downtown Kingston by the police.

He was, at the time, sitting over a heap of scallion and thyme he had farmed in the Blue Mountain hills which he had taken to the Corporate Area to sell.

INDECOM probe

The Constabulary Commu-nication Unit (CCU) said

that the matter is being investigated by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM).

Relatives of the deceased expressed shock yesterday and called for quick actions by the authorities to secure justice for Grant.

Kahmile Reid, senior public relations officer at INDECOM told The Gleaner yesterday that reports to the oversight entity are that an off-duty policeman was walking along North Parade when he was approached by two men. One of the men brandished a knife and the other a gun. It is further reported that the man who brandished the knife pulled a chain from the neck of the police and the other uttered expletives and shot at him. The police reportedly returned the fire and one man was hit.

At press time last night INDECOM said it was uncertain whether the man who was hit is one of the robbers.