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Gunshot wound to the head claims first cop for 2014, Bunting saddened

Published:Monday | September 22, 2014 | 8:15 PM
Peter Bunting - File

Minister of National Security Peter Bunting has strongly condemned the murder of a police constable in August Town, St Andrew earlier today.



The 35-year-old constable, whose name has not yet been released, died after being shot in the head.



He was attached to the Operations Support Unit at the Half-Way Tree Police Station.



He is the first member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force to be killed this year.



In a release from the Ministry of National Security, Bunting said the killing comes at a time when Jamaica has been experiencing a decline in serious crimes.



He also noted that crime in August Town had calmed in recent months.



"It is of great concern that the police while carrying out their duties would be greeted with such callousness and hostility, leaving the Police Constable with a gunshot wound to the head. We will not be deterred and will work even closer with the community to ensure that we continue to build on the gains we achieved prior to this unfortunate incident," said Bunting.



Bunting appealed to members of the security forces to continue to be vigilant and relentless in their determination to rid the country of criminality and bring the perpetrators of these heinous acts to justice.



The National Security Minister is encouraging security personnel not to recoil in the face of this afternoon's shooting.



He is also appealing to residents to continue to report any suspicious activity by calling 119, 311, or the nearest police station.



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