The dead man, who family members identified as 35-year-old Robert 'Bobboo' Harding, was originally from Glendevon, but had been living in the United States for several years. He was deported to Jamaica just over three weeks ago.
While the Constabulary Communication Network has not yet provided details on the shooting, friends and relatives of the dead man, who staged a protest in Glendevon days after the incident, claimed Harding was murdered by the lawmen.
"The police went into the house, held him and ordered the other family members out of the building," said one of several residents who participated in the demonstration. "They (the police) forced him into the bathroom and shot and killed him."
ON POLICE RADAR
However, a police source, who asked not to be identified, described Harding as a notorious gangster who had been on the police radar for many years. The lawman said he was considered one of the major enforcers in the Stone Crusher Gang prior to fleeing to the United States, where he subsequently took on the role of financier for the gang blamed for the vast majority of the more than 100 murders per year committed in St James between 2006 and 2010.
One member of the community, who spoke on condition of anonymity, seemed to be in support of the police's assessment of Harding. The resident told The Sunday Gleaner that Harding was no angel and was one of the main players behind the bloody split in the Stone Crusher gang, which resulted in a spate of murders in the Glendevon area in 2010.