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Policewoman shot six times in east Kingston succumbs

Published:Friday | April 29, 2016 | 6:42 AM
Police Corporal Judith Williams was shot six times by gunmen as she left her east Kingston home for work yesterday morning. She died shortly after midnight.

The female police corporal who was shot six times by gunmen as she left her east Kingston home for work yesterday morning has died.

She has been identified as 54-year-old Judith Williams, who was attached to the Office of Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams.

The police say Williams died shortly after midnight at the Kingston Public Hospital.

Williams was looking forward to her retirement from the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

On Thursday morning, she had just left her home on Brae Street in east Kingston when she was surprised by two gunmen travelling on a motorcycle.

It's reported that the pillion pulled a firearm and opened fire, hitting her.

She was rushed to hospital where doctors made a valiant attempt to save her life.

Members of the public and personnel also donated blood.

In the meantime, Commissioner of Police Dr. Carl Williams and the Police High Command have condemned the killing and have offered condolences to the family members, friends and colleagues of the slain policewoman.

"My heart goes out to the family members and colleagues of Ms. Williams who has passed under very tragic circumstances. I too mourn with you as she was a member of my immediate staff," Williams said.

"To her killers, the Jamaica Constabulary Force remains undaunted by this evil act. We will stop at nothing until her killers are brought to justice."

The Police High Command is also urging all officers both on and off duty to be extremely vigilant and to take swift and decisive action to protect themselves, family, colleagues and members of the public within the remit of the law.

The High Command also says the threat level against police personnel remains high.