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Two cops die in less than 24 hours

Published:Saturday | February 25, 2017 | 12:00 AM

In less than 24 hours, two members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) have died in different instances, plunging the nation's law-enforcement body into mourning.

The police say district constable, 27-year-old Duran Smith, from St Catherine, died at hospital on Thursday from gunshot wounds he received during a shooting incident in the Aviary Housing Scheme in Old Harbour, St Catherine, last Friday.

Deputy Commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) Hamish Campbell said initial reports suggest that a policewoman was firing at another person when she missed and shot the district constable who was attached to the Spanish Town Missing Persons Unit in St Catherine.

In the second incident yesterday, a police sergeant identified as Neville Bryan, who was attached to the police emergency centre, was shot and killed in Caymanas, Gregory Park, St Catherine.

The police say the incident occurred sometime after 2:00 a.m. while the sergeant was leaving an event.

He was reportedly sitting in a car with two females when men wearing masks ambushed and shot him.