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UPDATE: INDECOM probes fatal shooting of woman allegedly by 3-y-o son

Published:Sunday | April 12, 2015 | 5:53 PM

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of the woman who was allegedly shot and killed by her three-year-old son.

The dead woman is identified as Rhea Ricketts, a resident of Nairne Castle District, James Hill, Clarendon.

The incident occurred at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. INDECOM said it was advised at approximately 4:25 p.m. and a team of investigators and forensic examiners responded to the scene at 7:02 p.m.

INDECOM, in a release issued this afternoon, said it was told by the police that Ricketts was allegedly shot and killed, under circumstances that appear to be accidental, by her three-year-old son with the service firearm of her partner who is a member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) attached to the Mobile Reserve Unit.

According to INDECOM, "the concerned officer was interviewed as well as members of the family who were at the premises when the incident occurred. The body of the deceased was processed by INDECOM’s forensic team, the hands of the child, and the police officer were swabbed, and his weapon taken out of circulation and packaged to be submitted to the Government Forensic Laboratory for analysis".

The Victim Support Unit (VSU) was also engaged to attend to members of the dead woman’s family.