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INDECOM arrests five cops in relation to Alpha student shooting

Published:Monday | July 4, 2016 | 8:22 PM
The illegal taxi in which the student was travelling when the police opened fire injuring the child.

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) is reporting that it has arrested five members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) attached to the Mobile Reserve Division in relation to Thursday's shooting of 15-year-old student of the Convent of Mercy Academy (Alpha). 

The child remains hospitalised in serious condition.

INDECOM says the cops will be placed before the court as soon as an identification parade and interviews are conducted.

The female student of the Convent of Mercy Academy (Alpha) was hit when police personnel reportedly opened fire on an illegal taxi at the intersection of North Street and Mark Lane in Kingston about 7 o'clock Thursday morning.

INDECOM says it reported that the police signalled the vehicle to stop and after the driver complied, a cop opened fire at the vehicle.

A gaping bullet hole could be seen in the back windscreen of the white Honda motor car through which the bullet came before it hit the child.

READ: Driver, mi a guh dead?' asked Alpha teen shot in taxi

INDECOM says the scene and motor car were processed by forensic examiners and investigators and statements collected from witnesses.

IN PHOTO: The taxi driver in his blood-stained clothes speak to INDECOM investigators

The incident later sparked a fiery protest in downtown Kingston.

This is not the first time that someone is being injured in a vehicle on which the police opened fire.

In fact, the issue was the subject in INDECOM's annual report released last year.


Witnessed the incident? Call INDECOM:
Kingston Office: 968-1932
Mobile: 878-0167
Toll free: 1-888-991-5555, 1-888-935-5550