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Doctors mourn murdered colleague

Published:Sunday | March 19, 2017 | 3:00 AMAndrew Harris
Not even a foot injury could prevent the very popular Dr Garth Officer from attending the MAJ Awards in 2008.

Members of the local medical community were left sad and nervous yesterday as news spread about the fatal shooting of popular medical doctor, 72-year-old Garth Officer, who was fatally shot outside his house in St Andrew Friday evening.

"Whenever we lose any citizen, and certainly someone who is making a positive contribution to Jamaica, it is a tragedy and a loss that reverberates through the entire community," said Myrton Smith, president of the Medical Association of Jamaica (MAJ).

"Several doctors have texted and called to say that they have heard and they are concerned. There is always the thought of whether this was one of those targeted killings, and what are the implications for other doctors," added Smith.

He said the killing of Officer underscores the whole business of crime and violence in Jamaica and what are the steps being taken to stem it.

"This is something that we as an association will be looking at in greater details," said Smith, as he encouraged his medical colleagues to take precaution as it concerns their personal safety.

"This is a great tragedy and we do offer condolences to his immediate family, friends and patients. We do take the opportunity to remind our members, who are back and forth and on the road, that they should take every precaution regarding their safety and the personal safety of their families," said Smith.

Reports are that about 4:30 p.m. last Friday, residents of Charlton Avenue in St Andrew heard explosion and called the police.

On their arrival, Officer was seen seated in the driver's seat of his motor car, with his upper body slumped over the passenger seat.

He was then taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators hunting his killers are probing claims that he was held up and robbed one week ago.