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Prison boss shocked at allegations colleague stabbed, shot wife

Published:Monday | May 15, 2017 | 5:48 PM
Commissioner of corrections, Ina Hunter, says she's aware of the incident which she said caught officials by surprise.

The Department of Correctional Services says it's shocked at reports that one of its members is now in police custody, allegedly for stabbing and shooting his wife on Saturday.

Commissioner of corrections, Ina Hunter, says she's aware of the incident which she said caught officials by surprise.

Colleagues of Balfor Bennett, who was assigned to the Horizon Adult Correctional Centre on Spanish Town Road, Kingston, described him as a very good officer who had never exhibited any signs of violence.

It's reported that the couple was at their matrimonial home in New Harbour Phase One about 4 o'clock Saturday afternoon when an explosion was heard and Barnett ran outside, bleeding from the abdomen.

She collapsed and was taken to the Spanish Town Hospital by a neighbour.

Mr. Barnett, who reportedly fled the scene, was subsequently apprehended by the police.