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St Thomas police say calm returning after ganja farmer's killing

Published:Thursday | May 21, 2015 | 5:29 AM

The St Thomas police say some calm has been restored to the parish following protests yesterday over the police killing of a farmer.

Sixty-three-year-old Alvin Allen, was shot and killed on Monday during a reported shootout between gunmen and the police in the Green Castle community.

Residents blocked roads and burnt debris to express their anger at the killing of the farmer.

Acting commander for St Thomas, Deputy Superintendent of Police Beresford Williams, says senior policemen and the Independent Commission of Investigations met with Allen's family and the residents on the status of the investigations.

He explains that administrative reviews are being conducted to determine whether excessive force was used or if any law was broken.

 

Acting commander for St Thomas Deputy Superintendent of Police, Beresford Williams

The police say on Monday 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  shot at them.

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

However, DSP Williams says one of the two men who escaped is now in police custody.

 

Acting commander for St Thomas Deputy Superintendent of Police, Beresford Williams

Three cops have been taken off frontline duty.