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Policeman killed while playing sound system at dance in Ewarton

Published:Tuesday | October 31, 2017 | 12:24 PM

A policeman was shot and killed and another man injured at a dance early this morning in Orangefield, in Ewarton, St Catherine.

He has been identified as 35-year-old constable Courtney Linton, who was attached to the Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime Division, popularly referred to as the Police Flying Squad.

In a statement this morning, Police Commissioner, George Quallo, said detectives from the Major Investigations Division and the St Catherine North Criminal Investigation Division are investigating the shooting.

Commissioner Quallo expressed condolence and said teams from the Community Safety and Security Branch and the Chaplaincy Unit were dispatched to assist family members.

Reports are that the policeman, who was on suspension on a murder charge for the past five years, was at the dance playing a sound system when men in a white Nissan motor car drove up.

Two of the men reportedly pulled guns and opened fire, hitting Linton and the other man.

Patrons ran for cover during the melee.

Linton was reportedly shot multiple times and died on the spot.

The other man received a shot in the right shoulder and is being treated at hospital.

This morning’s shooting came days after another policeman was shot dead.

Last Friday night, Corporal Melvin Smith of the Community Safety and Security Branch of the Mandeville police was shot and killed as he tried to assist a man who was robbed of his motorcycle.