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INDECOM: Man killed by police in Clarendon yesterday was not firing shots

Published:Wednesday | March 1, 2017 | 3:20 PM

The Independent Commission (INDECOM) says initial investigations suggests that a man killed by police in Clarendon yesterday was not firing shots when he was shot dead by the cops.

The dead man has been identified as Derrick Whittingham otherwise known as 'Gold Dog' from the York Town community in Clarendon.

He was shot dead in the Threadlight community in May Pen by police from Clarendon's Operational Support Team.

Director of Complaints for INDECOM's central division Dave Lewin says the police officers involved in the shooting say they were called to a house in the Treadlight community and were attacked by three men upon their arrival.

The police say they returned the gunfire and Whittingham was found suffering from gunshot wounds afterwards.

However, Lewin says the police did not indicate that the deceased was one of those who fired shots at them. 

 

Director of Complaints for INDECOM's central division Dave Lewin

Lewin says no gun was recovered from the scene where Whittingham was killed.

He says INDECOM officials are currently in the Treadlight community collecting evidence from the scene and persons who may have witnessed the shooting.

Yesterday Residents took to the streets to protest the killing, claiming that Whittingham was of unsound mind.

They also said he has been charged for minor offences but was not known to be violent.

Yesterday's shooting comes amid INDECOM's latest report that since the start of the year,  there has been a 55 per cent increase in police-involved fatal shootings when compared to the similar period last year.