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Intervention needed in St Thomas following controversial shooting death - Seiveright

Published:Wednesday | May 20, 2015 | 12:44 PM
Delano Seiveright

There are calls this afternoon for the Police High Command to intervene in Bath, St Thomas where tempers are running hot following the shooting death of a 63-year-old farmer allegedly by the police.

The farmer, Alvin Allen, was shot and killed Sunday during a reported shoot out between gunmen and the police.

JLP Caretaker for St Thomas Eastern Delano Seiveright says the High Command must go into the community and restore the trust which was lost in the controversial shooting.

Seiveright is also calling on the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) to intensify its investigations into the incident.

According to the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Corporate Communications Unit, on Sunday a police patrol went to a four acre ganja farm in Green Castle, Bath, following reports from a resident that men in a ganja field fired shots at him.

The police say they opened fire when two of three men who were discovered in a shed opened fire on them.

Two of the men reportedly escaped and the 63-year-old farmer was found with gunshot wounds to his abdomen.

He was pronounced dead at hospital.

Following the incident residents, who take issue with the report by the police,  staged a series of road blocks.

It is understood that several members of the St Thomas Police have been taken off frontline duties following incident.