Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer
The Police High Command has condemned and ordered a high-level probe into the murder of Corporal Ransford Durrant of the St James Division, who was shot dead in Windsor, St Ann's Bay, yesterday morning.
The High Command has also expressed condolences to Durrant's family and colleagues.
Up to late yesterday afternoon, the police had not established a motive for the shooting.
Outgoing head of the St Ann Division, Superintendent Dudley Scott, said the police responded to a call from the Windsor community after 11 o'clock Monday morning.
"Upon arrival, we discovered the body of a man identified to be a member of the force, attached to the St James Division, with what appears to be gunshot wounds to the head," Scott said.
Unconfirmed reports suggest the killer or killers escaped with the policeman's licensed firearm.
WELL-KNOWN AND RESPECTED
One resident of the adjoining community of Windsor Heights told The Gleaner that the policeman, who is well-known to residents of the area, had gone to visit his child's mother in the area.
The murder sent shock waves across St Ann's Bay, Ocho Rios and other sections of St Ann, as Durrant was respected throughout the parish. Said to be a member of the force for more than 15 years, Durrant previously served in St Ann before being transferred to St James more than a year ago.
While also offering condolences to the family of the slain policeman, Scott sought to assure the public that the police would not be daunted as they seek to carry out their duty to protect citizens.
"We want to let the public know that we are recommitting our efforts to ensure the safety and security of all persons, and we stand resolute and undaunted. We will utilise all our resources to bring the culprits to justice," Scott added.
He appealed to citizens to come forward with whatever information they have about the incident.