Suspected murder-suicide leaves cop's mom, colleagues in shock
Ruddy Mathison, Gleaner Writer
The family of 27-year-old Woman Corporal Piaget Davy is in a state shock and dismay after her gruesome killing, allegedly at the hands of her common-law husband, Sheldon Downs, at about 1:30 yesterday morning in Fairfield, Spanish Town, St Catherine.
Davy's weeping mom, Pauline White, told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that she is finding it hard to understand the tragic incident.
"Mi weak. Unbelievable. This is the last thing I want to hear. Mi daughter is a hard-working person who is so proud of her three-year-old son," White said while trying to hold back the tears.
She said Davy, the third of seven children, tried to achieve for herself so that her son could live a better life, adding that she will never get over the shock she has experienced as a result of the killing.
A number of sympathisers, including co-workers, and personnel from the Willowdene Group of Schools that her son attends, were at the house where Davy resided with Downs and their son to offer support.
Davy's co-worker, Sergeant Melissa Street, said she was dumbfounded by the killing of her close friend, who she described as hard-working and dedicated.
A guidance councillor at the school the boy attends said measures would be put in place to help him cope with the traumatic event that will forever change his life.
Meanwhile, Assistant Commissioner of Police Derrick Knight, who is in charge of Area Five, also visited the scene yesterday. He said Davy's passing was a sad moment for the force.
Knight also renewed a call for police officers to use the avenue established by the force to mitigate incidents of this nature.
According to reports, Downs shot Davy multiple times with her government-issued firearm after a domestic dispute. He allegedly turned the gun on himself and took his own life.