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INDECOM says no evidence found that Constable Barrett was killed by cops

Published:Tuesday | September 22, 2015 | 9:31 PM
While the police have maintained Constable Lynden Barrett was shot by gunmen, some residents had claimed he was killed by a member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) says it has found no evidence that Constable Lynden Barrett was killed by his colleagues.

Constable Barrett was shot and killed in Denham Town, Kingston on July 21, 2015.

While the police have maintained he was shot by gunmen, some residents had claimed he was killed by a member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

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The conflicting stories led to INDECOM starting a probe to determine whether any member of the JCF was responsible for the death of Constable Barrett and if so under what circumstances.

However, INDECOM says it collected no eye-witness evidence to support the allegation that a member of the force was responsible for Constable Barrett’s death.

It says the Ballistic Report from the Government Forensic Laboratory was inconclusive.

INDECOM says an independent ballistic expert did a re-examination and confirmed the findings of the Government expert.

INDECOM says it has recommended that the investigation be closed unless any new material becomes available.