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Cop charged with murder of teacher

Published:Tuesday | February 16, 2016 | 2:00 AM

The police constable who was taken into custody in connection with the shooting death of a teacher in Clarendon last Thursday has been charged with murder.

He has been identified as Devon Cooper and is attached to the Clarendon Operational Support Team.

Cooper appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday morning and was granted bail in the sum of $1 million with one or two sureties.

As part his bail conditions, a stop order has been placed on him at all ports. Constable Cooper has also been ordered to surrender his travel documents and report to the May Pen police twice per week.

He was taken into custody shortly after 6 o'clock last Thursday evening following an incident earlier that day in which Steven Dyer, a former teacher at York Town Primary in the parish, was shot and killed.

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM), which is probing the incident, alleges that Dyer was shot and injured during an altercation with Cooper in May Pen.

Dyer was admitted at the May Pen Hospital before being transferred to the University Hospital in

St Andrew where he died after giving a statement to investigators.

Cooper is scheduled to return to court on March 6.